Agrigento, Italy. Photo by Larry Dewel. Enlarge Image

 

syllabus 2014-2015

The Making of the Western Mind

"The Making of the Western Mind" invites students to come to know the major philosophers, painters, sculptures, architects, poets, playwrights, and novelists of the Western cultural tradition. During our thirty-week journey, we read philosophical essays and epic poems; look at slides of frescoes and oil paintings; and study the biographies of great leaders such as Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Napoleon. The goal of the course is to come to understand how we in the twenty-first century came to be who we are; why we think the way we do; what assumptions about the world and human nature are traceable back to earlier periods in the five-thousand year story of Western Civilization. The Making of the Western Mind is taught by Professor William H. Fredlund, who has taught at University of Florence, UCLA, and Stanford and specializes in the Italian Renaissance.

Quarterly Syllabi for
The Making of the Western Mind

Fall Quarter

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Oct 2014-Dec 2014

Winter Quarter

Wednesday Nights

Jan 2015-March 2015

Spring Quarter

Wednesday Nights

April 2015-June 2015