Reading List

Reading List (sample from past years).

Humanities Colloquium
St. Francis Xavier University
Sample Reading List
English Philosophy History
The Ancient World
(8 Sept – 23 Oct)
Aristophanes, The Clouds
Sophocles, Antigone
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
St. Paul, Hebrews
The Ancient World
(8 Sept – 23 Oct)
Plato, Apology, Phaedo
Aristotle, Physics Bks 1-2, 
On the Soul, Bk. 2
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
The Ancient World
(8 Sept – 23 Oct)
Greece 
Rome
Birth of Christianity
The Middle Ages
(26 Oct – 4 Dec)
Boethius, Consolation of 
Philosophy

Beowulf
Chaucer, General Prologue
The Wife of Bath
Prologue and Tale 
The Middle Ages
(26 Oct – 4 Dec)
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
Anselm, Proslogion
Aquinas, Summa theologiae 
(On God & On Human 
Nature)
Ockham - Basic Principles
The Middle Ages
(26 Oct – 4 Dec)
Byzantium & Islam
Feudalism & Manorialism
Economic Revival
Growth of National Monarchies
Mediaeval Culture
The Catholic Church
The Renaissance and 
the Early Modern Period

(4 Jan – 12 Feb)
Marlowe, Dr. Faustus
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Milton, Paradise Lost, 1,2,9
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
The Renaissance and 
the Early Modern Period

(4 Jan – 12 Feb)
Galileo, The Letter to the 
Grand Duchess Christina

Descartes, Meditations
on First Philosophy
 
Pascal, Pensees
David Hume, An Enquiry 
Concerning Human Understanding
The Renaissance and 
the Early Modern Period

4 Jan – 12 Feb)
The Renaissance
The Great Discoveries
The Reformation
Royal Absolutism
Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
The Modern Age
  (22 Feb – 5 April)
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
The Modern Age
(22 Feb – 5 April)
Kierkegaard¸ Fear and Trembling
Mill, Utilitarianism
Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
The Modern Age
(22 Feb – 5 April)
The French Revolution & Napoleon
Liberalism & Conservativism
Industrial Revolution & Marxism
Dickens, Hard Times
Rise of Nation-States
Imperialism
World Wars

      Assignment Due Dates   
Please note that all essays are due in class, at the beginning of class 
(Hard copies only) 

FALL TERM: 

English diagnostic essay due Thursday,
History October Quiz, Monday, 28 September
Philosophy October Quiz, Friday, 9 October
English October Quiz, Thursday, 22 October
English Essay due Wednesday, 18 November
Philosophy Essay due Friday, 27 November
History Essay due Thursday, 3 December

WINTER TERM: 

History Quiz Monday, 25 January
Philosophy Essay due Friday, 12 February
English essay due Thursday, 17 March
Philosophy Essay due Wednesday, 23 March
History Essay due Tuesday, 5 April