407-Fairy Tales and Children’s Literature

A seminar on religion and children’s literature Dr. Guroian first gave at
Loyola University in Maryland and later at the University of
Virginia. The goal will be to learn the moral and religious meaning in the stories Dr. Guroian has selected for the seminar and to discover in the stories themselves
what makes them good stories. 
Dr. Guroian has chosen two stories of novel length, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio
and George
Princess and the Goblin
The shorter fairy tales that we will read are from that great corpus
of fairy stories that have left for us by the Grimm Brothers and Hans
Christian Andersen.  Fairy Tale readings will include
: The Grimms’s Cinderella,
Snow White, Hansel
and Gretel
, The
Juniper Tree
Hans Christian Andersen’s
Ugly Duckling
The Nightingale,
The Little


406 – Laying Out the Good Life: A Stroll through Aristotle’s Ethics

Why should we read Aristotle’s Ethics? Because the work is evergreen. Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue in 1983 shook ethicists out of their complacent slumbers by confronting them anew with the ethical thought of Aristotle. The duty-based ethics of Immanuel Kant and the consequentialist ethics of John Stuart Mill had led many thinkers, however unwittingly, back to Aristotle, whose seminal achievements had fallen as a casualty of the European Enlightenment. And recent decades have seen an even more profound reappreciation of Aristotle as expressions like “human flourishing” have made their way back into discussions of what it means to be good and happy in this world. Tracy Lee Simmons, former associate editor at National Review during the editorship of William F. Buckley and author of Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin, will serve as your practical guide through this great work on the Good Life.

405 – Introduction to Russian Literature

With so much well-deserved attention on Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov) and Tolstoi (War and Peace, Anna Karenina), it could be surmised that these two authors created Russian literature! But before them, a dashing, ill-fated poet named Alexander Pushkin set Russian literature afire, especially with Eugene Onegin, Russia’s most significant novelOther writers took up the mantel, particularly the astute storyteller Ivan Turgenev who penned Fathers and Sons, arguably the best story of inter-generational conflict, contrasting the patriots of the Napoleonic Era with their indulged sons steeped in nihilistic Romanticism. As we read and connect these two works, we will walk with Pushkin and Turgenev through the languid meadows of Russia’s countryside as well as the glittering streets of St. Petersburg, seeking a literary understanding of the nineteenth-century “Russian soul.”

610 – Philosophy

  • PLATO, The Republic, Books V, VI,VII
  • PLATO, The Republic, Book VI
  • ARISTOTLE, Metaphysics, Book I
  • ARISTOTLE, Metaphysics, Book IV
  • LUCRETIUS, On the Nature of Things, Books I and II
  • AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, Part I, “Treatise on God,” QQ. XVI-XVII
  • MONTAIGNE, The Essays, “Apology for Raimond de Sebonde”
  • BACON, Advancement of Learning, Book II, Ch. 5-24
  • DESCARTES, Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, Parts I-IV
  • SPINOZA, Ethics, Part I
  • LOCKE, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book IV “Of Knowledge and Probability,” Ch. 1-4
  • BERKELEY, The Principles of Human Knowledge
  • HUME, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections I-VIII
  • KANT, Critique of Pure Reason, Preface to the First Edition, Preface to the Second Edition, Introduction, I “Transcendental Doctrine of Elements,” First Part
  • JAMES, The Principles of Psychology, Ch. 28

601 – Introduction to a Liberal Education

606 – Imaginative Literature