NB: Assignment #3 [PDF] – due Oct 23
week 9: Mon Oct 23 & Wed Oct 25
We will read Lucretius’ philosophical poem The Nature of Things. We will begin with book I which explains how indivisible atoms constitute the whole of reality, in its different forms and shapes, and why the universe must be infinite.
reading – Lucretius, The Nature of Things, book I [PDF]
week 10: Mon Oct 30 & Wed Nov 1
Next, we will turn to human psychology, life and death. In book III, Lucretius explains why although our soul is mortal, we should not fear death.
reading – Lucretius, The Nature of Things, book III [PDF]
week 11: Mon Nov 6 & Wed Nov 8
NB: Assignment #4 [PDF] – due Nov 6
reading – Lucretius and modern physics [PDF] – optional
week 12: Mon Nov 13 & Wed Nov 15
We will conclude with book IV that articulates a theory of perception, sexuality and love.
reading – Lucretius, The Nature of Things, book IV [PDF]