Monday, December 28, 2015
Seminar One (Winter 2016)

Epictetus, Discourses, Fragments, Handbook (Oxford UP, trans. Robin Hard)

Martha C. Nussbaum, The Fragility of Goodness: Luck & Ethics in Greek Tragedy & Philosophy (Cambridge UP, pp.1-82)

Aeschylus, Agamemnon (U. Chicago P., trans. Richmond Lattimore)

Sophocles, Antigone (U. Chicago P., trans Elizabeth Wyckoff)

Martin Heidegger, "The Origin of the Work of Art" (Poetry, Language, Thought, HarperCollins, trans. Albert Hofstadter, pp. 15-86)

Frank Stella: A Retrospective (Yale UP, ed. Michael Auping)

1. A self-directed program of study loosely derived from the notion of an "international canon."

2. An attempt to upgrade my existing liberal-arts OS.

3.  In relation to, or occasionally against, ideas raised by my photography and critical writing.

4. Reboot of concept originally tried in summer 2013, described then as follows:

"Some questions I am trying to answer:

• How are repetition and reproduction distinct from one another?

• How should a person be?  By which I mean, how should individuals act in a way that is congruent with their own beliefs and with some broader concept of a 'public good'?  When individual beliefs and the 'public good' clash, which should take precedence?  Why?

• Why are public institutions so dysfunctional at this particular historical moment?  (See Zadie Smith on libraries, or The Mainlander on the VAG, and public art galleries in general.  Or ask L. & my friend Don Mega about legal aid, an exemplary public institution)."

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