May 19, 2018
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Free Community Seminar Series
May 17, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic
The Declaration of Independence, Part II

Free Community Seminar Series
May 3, 2018

The Foundations of Our Republic
The Declaration of Independence, Part I

April 21, 2018
Double Header Event

The Aeneid by Virgil and
Selected Federalist Papers

April 15, 2018
Ojai Chautauqua Panel - Water: Part II

March 24, 2018
Aristotle on Friendship

March 18, 2018
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Seminar and Play Performance

February 24, 2018
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

February 17, 2018
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
Beyond the Whistle-Blowers:
What comes next?
Power, Gender, and Writing New
Rules for the American Workplace

February 10, 2018
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

January 20, 2018
Can Machines Think?
Computing and Intelligence by Alan Turing

November 19, 2017
The Ojai Chautauqua
Tourism in the Ojai Valley

November 18, 2017
Continuing Series on Happiness
Kringelbach and Berridge - The Neurobiology of Pleasure and Happiness
and, Steven Pinker - How the Mind Works (selections)

October 20, 2017
The Ojai Chautauqua
An Evening with Dan Schnur and Warren Olney

October 14, 2017
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

September 23, 2017
Hans Jonas Mortality and Morality: A Search for Good After Auschwitz - Part I

August 26, 2017
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Seminar and Play Performance

June 17, 2017
Kristin Lavransdatter III - The Cross
- by Sigrid Undset

June 3, 2017
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
Politics, Media, and Society

May 6, 2017
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
An Unconventional Presidency -
Donald Trump’s First One Hundred Days in Office

May 7, 2017
Cat on a Hot TIn Roof by Tennessee Williams
Seminar and Play Performance

May 6, 2017
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
An Unconventional Presidency -
Donald Trump’s First One Hundred Days in Office

April 1, 2017
Thomas Aquinas on Faith and Reason

March 18, 2017
Reason in History by Hegel

February 4, 2017
The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud

January 7, 2017
Selections from The Quran and The Life of Muhammad

December 10, 2016
Kristin Lavransdatter, Part II - The Wife - by Sigrid Undset

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
The 2016 Election - Part II
What Happens Next?

September 24, 2016
Spinoza - The Separation of Church and State

September 17, 2016
Ojai Chautauqua Panel
The 2016 Presidential Election Part I -
How Did We Get Here?

September 10, 2016
Continuing Series On Happiness
Augustine - City of God (selections)

June 5, 2016
Hedda Gabler by Ibsen
Seminar and play performance

April 16, 2016
Continuing Series on Happiness -
Aristotle, selections from Nicomachean Ethics

March 19, 2016
Art and the Public Sphere

Rousseau and Aristophanes

February 13, 2016
On the Concept of Sin
Piper and Thomas Aquinas

January 30, 2016
Continuing Series on Happiness -
Seneca, Of a Happy LIfe

November 21, 2015
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek

November 1st, 2015
Uncle Vanya by Chekhov

Seminar and play performance

September 26th, 2015
Beginning Series on Happiness
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and two essays by Schopenhauer

June 27, 2015
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

May 9, 2015
Plato, Symposium 
Shakespeare, Othello

April 11 , 2015
The Wisdom of Genesis

Genesis Chapters 1-3,
St. Augustine, Commentary on Genesis

March 14, 2015
On the Right Side of History

Heidegger, Reunion Speech
Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
Thucydides, Pericles' Funeral Oration

February 21, 2015
On the Soul
Aristotle, On the Soul (selections), and Leon Kass, NEH Lecture

January 31, 2015
Law and Conscience

Sophocles, Antigone
Plato, Crito
Speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson

December 13, 2014
What is Charity?

Selections from Aristotle, Frost, O. Henry, Chekhov, the New Testament, and many more. Click here to download the selections.

November 22, 2014
Short Stories of Willa Cather

Paul's Case, Neighbor Rosicky, and Two Friends.

October 11, 2014
What is Life?
Erwin Schrodinger, What is Life?
Charles de Koninck, Is the Word “Life” Meaningful?

Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Origin of Knowledge

Plato, Meno
Aristotle, Posterior Analytics (selections)
Descartes, Discourse on Method (selections)

August 30, 2014
Kristin Lavransdatter, Part I - The Wreath - by Sigrid Undset

June 14, 2014
Selections from The Book of Psalms

May 24, 2014
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
- Parts 1 and 2

April 12, 2014
An Inquiry on Contemporary Music

March 15, 2014
Selections from The Upanishads

February 22, 2014
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - Max Weber

January 18, 2014
Moby Dick - Herman Melville

December 14, 2013
Emily Dickinson
- Selections

November 16, 2013
Russian Short Stories V
An Honest Thief by Dostoyevsky, God Sees the Truth, But Waits by Tolstoy, and The Darling by Chekov. The Forged Coupon, by Tolstoy.

October 5, 2013
The Phenomenon of Life
by Hans Jonas - Part II - selections: Sixth Essay:The Nobility of Sight, plus the Appendix: Sight and Movement; and Seventh Essay: Image-making and the Freedom of Man.

September 14, 2013
Emma - Jane Austen

April 27th, 2013
Liberal Education and Its Critics

What is Liberal Education? and Liberal Education and Responsibility from Liberalism Ancient and Modern by Leo Strauss. Challenge to Liberal Thought by John Dewey and Education as Socialization and Individualization by Richard Rorty

March 9th, 2013
The Bhagavad Gita
and Our Demand and Need from the Gita by Sri Aurobindo

February 9th, 2013
The Iliad
by Homer

January 26th, 2013
The Nature of Art

Plotinus, Ennead I.6, On Beauty. Download here. Also, Search for the Real by Hans Hofmann.

December 8th, 2012
The Phenomenon of Life
by Hans Jonas - selections: Introduction - On the Subjects of a Philosophy of Life; Third Essay - Is God a Mathematician? The Meaning of Metabolism; Fifth Essay - Cybernetics and Purpose: A Critique

October 20th, 2012
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Parts III and IV

September 22nd, 2012
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Parts I and II

May 19th, 2012
The Book of Revelation

April 28th, 2012
The Birth of Modern Theater

Hedda Gabler by Ibsen and The Seagull by Chekhov

March 31st, 2012
Democracy in America
(selections) by Alexis de Tocqueville

February 25th, 2012
Utopia by Thomas More

January 21st, 2012
Contemporary Issues II - The Phenomenon of Life
Two essays from Hans Jonas - The Burden and Blessing of Mortality and Toward a Philosophy of Technology

December 10th, 2011
Why Should We Believe: Is Religious Faith Reasonable?
Selections of texts from Thomas Aquinas.

November 19th, 2011
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

October 8th, 2011
A Free Economy: A Source of Wealth or Misery?
Selections from The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

September 10th, 2011
Acting Rightly: Should We Trust Our Conscience?
Selections from Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More

May 7, 2011
Does God Make Sense?
Selections from Thomas Aquinas -
Summa Theologiae &
selections from Richard Dawkins -
The God Delusion

April 9, 2011
The Path of the Law
Selections from Thomas Aquinas -
Treatise on Law &
Oliver Wendell Holmes -
The Path of the Law

March 19, 2011
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

February 26, 2011
Aristotle on Sensation and the Soul
Selection from On the Soul

January 22, 2011
Between Life and Death
Henry James - The Beast in the Jungle, & The Alter of the Dead, James Joyce - The Dead

November 13, 2010
Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion

October 23, 2010
The Soul
Aristotle, Bk. I, ch. 7 of the Physics Aristotle, Bk. II, ch. 1 of the De Anima

September 25, 2010
The Origin, Significance, and Wisdom of the Constitution - Part III
The Dred Scott Decision (edited)
The Seventh Lincoln Douglass Debate (edited)

July 31 - August 1, 2010
Special Event - The Winter's Tale

April 17-18, 2010
Contemporary Issues series
Man and the Environment

March 19-20, 2010
Contemporary Issues series
Frankenstein and the Ethics of Biotechnology

January 23, 2010
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying

November 7, 2009
G. K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy

October 17, 2009
Series - The Origin, Significance, and
Wisdom of the Constitution - Part II
John Locke - Second Treatise of Government (selections)
The Declaration of Independence
& The Constitution

September 12, 2009
Cervantes - Don Quixote

June 13 & 14, 2009
Ovid's Metamorphoses

June 6, 2009
Nature and Beyond
Pre-Socratic philosophers, Selections
The Portrait, Gogol
A Doll’s House, Ibsen

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Heroic Women
Sigrid Undset, Gunnar's Daughter
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House

March 28 & 29, 2009
Two Dialogues of Plato
Symposium & Phaedrus

February 7, 2009
Seminar Series - The Origin, Significance, and Wisdom of the Constitution
Aristotle, Politics
(selections from books I and III))

January 17, 2009
Milton, Paradise Lost

December 6, 2008
Morality and Human Behavior
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)
Flannery O’Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First

November 15, 2008
Tragic Rulers
William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar, Macbeth

October 4 & 5, 2008
Human Being and History
Hegel, Introduction to
The Philosophy of History
Heidegger, essays:
The Question Concerning Technology
and The Turning








September 6, 2008
The Qur'an

June 14, 2008
The Problem of Evil
Elie Wiesel, Night
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

May 24, 2008
The Myth of Sisyphus

April 26, 2008

Civilization and Its Discontents

March 15, 2008
Notes from Underground

February 16, 2008
Fear and Trembling

January 19, 2008
Flannery O'Connor
The Lame Shall Enter First ,
A Good Man is Hard to Find, &
The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Special Event
November 9 & 10, 2007
A Weekend with Eva Brann
Lecture on November 9:
Aeschylus Eumenides : Modernity and Patriotism - held at Thomas Aquinas College
November 10, 2007
Aeschylus - The Persians
Thucydides - Selection from
History of the Peloponnesian War

October 6, 2007
A Day on T . S. Eliot
Murder in the Cathedral
The Waste Land

September 15, 2007
Continuing Theme on Ethics
Sophocles - Antigone
Shakespeare - Hamlet
Lecture: Two Paradigms of Ethical Reflection by Mike McLean, Ph.D., Dean, Thomas Aquinas College

March 10, 2007
Continuing Theme on Ethics
Machiavelli - The Prince, Entire work

February 9 & 10, 2007
Aristotle -
Nicomachean Ethics, Books I-III

January 13 & 14, 2007
A Weekend on Borges
From Collected Fictions
The Circular Ruins, Ragnarök, The Maker, The Aleph, Borges and I, August 25-1983, The Garden of Forking Paths, The Witness, Everything and Nothing

November 11 & 12, 2006
Approaches to God
St. Thomas, Summa Theologiae,
Part One, Chapter 13 - Articles 1-6, and 12
Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed,
Part One, Chapters 50-60

October 20 & 21, 2006
Russian Short Stories IV
Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Dostoevsky, The Gentle Creature
This seminar weekend will kick off with a dinner gathering on Friday night, beginning at 5:00pm, followed by a performance of the Valamm Ensemble from Russia, held at Thomas Aquinas College.

Fundamental Seminars Program
September 23 & 24, 2006
Human Suffering
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
The Bible, The Book of Job
Epictetus, The Handbook

March 17 & 18, 2006
Liberty II
Ongoing series on Liberty, examining different views of freedom, responsibility, human happiness, and the providential order.
Thomas Aquinas - selections from the Treatise on Law
Session one: Q. 90 articles 1-4; Q. 91 articles 1-4; Q. 92 article 1.
Session two: Q. 94 articles 1-6; Q. 95 articles 1-2.
Session three: Q. 96 articles 1-6; Q. 97 articles 1-4

February 11 & 12, 2006
Phenomenology III
Ongoing series on the underlying philosophical principles and developments of twentieth-century phenomenology.
Heidegger - further selections from Being and Time.

January 7 & 8, 2006
A Weekend on James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

December 17 & 18, 2005
Russian Short Stories III
Tolstoy, Father Sergius
Gogol, The Portrait
Chekhov, The Bet

November 12, 2005
Liberty I
The first in an ongoing series on Liberty. This series will examine different views of freedom, responsibility, human happiness, and the providential order.
Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

October 1 & 2, 2005
Phenomenology II
Ongoing series on the underlying philosophical principles and developments of twentieth-century phenomenology.
Heidegger - selections from Being and Time

August 27 & 28, 2005
The Nature of Greek Tragedy
Aristotle, Poetics (chapters 1-18)
Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
(chapters 1-15)
Euripides, Hippolytus (entire play)

One-Day Seminar
The Divine Comedy III
Dante, Paradise

April 23 & 24, 2005
Beginning Series on Phenomenology
Selections from The Essential Husserl

March 19, 2005
The Passion of Christ
Film: The Passion of the Christ
The Gospel of Luke - entire work
The Gospel of John - Chapter 2, versus 1-11, and Chapters 13-19
The Gospel of Mathew - Chapters 26-27

January 15, 2005
Toni Morrison, Beloved

December 4, 2004
The Divine Comedy
Dante, Purgatory

October 16, 2004
The Divine Comedy
Dante, Inferno - Held at Thomas Aquinas College

September 25, 2004
Tolstoy, War and Peace

June 12 & 13, 2004
Special Event
A Weekend on Music
Man the Musician (selections)
by Victor Zuckerkandl &
Thinking About Music (selections)
by Lewis Rowell
Music selections include:
Josquin Desprez · Kyrie
Wolfgang Mozart · Menuetto, K. 355,
Elliott Carter · Poems by Frost, Bishop, etc. set to music

June 12 & 13, 2004
May 1 & 2, 2004
Christopher Marlowe:
Dr. Faustus - (A-Text version only)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:
Faust I - (complete)
Faust II - (acts IV and V)

March 19 & 20, 2004
The American Novel
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Herman Melville, Billy Budd
Willa Cather, My Antonia

February 20 & 21, 2004
The Book of Job

January 17, 2004
James Joyce, Dubliners

November 22 & 23, 2003
Transgression, Punishment, and Mercy - William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice
Measure for Measure
The Winter's Tale

October 11 & 12, 2003
Russian Short Stories II
Tolstoy , The Devil
Chekov , The Black Monk
Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

September 6 & 7, 2003
The Gospel According to John

May 23 & 24, 2003
When is War Justified
Aquinas, On War, and On Murder
Wendell Berry, The Failure of War
James Sterba, Reconciling Pacifists and Just War Theorists

April 25 & 26, 2003
Is Lying Justifiable
Twain, Was it Heaven? Or Hell?
Aquinas, On Lying
Kant, On the Supposed Right to Lie

March 1 & 2, 2003
Satire and the Human Condition
Swift, Gulliver's Travels

January 17 & 18, 2003
Is Religious Belief Reasonable
Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian
Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 1
Lewis, MereChristianity, Book 2

December 13 & 14, 2002
Justice and the Political Order Continued - Plato, The Republic VI-X

One-Day Intensive
October 12, 2002
The Nature of Sensation
Aristotle, On the Soul, Book Two
(sections 5, 6, 7, & 12 only)
Lecture: "Are Sensible Qualities Real?" - by Dr. Christopher Decaen
Dinner and Reception follow

November 23 & 24, 2002
Justice and the Political Order
Plato, The Republic I-V

September 6 & 7, 2002
Vengeance and Justice
Aeschylus, The Oresteia

June 28 & 29, 2002
The Nature of Comedy
Shakespeare, As You Like It
Chaucer, The Miller's Tale & The Reeve's Tale
Essays from Bergson, Goldsmith, & Hazlitt

One-Day Intensive
May 11, 2002
Aristotle, On the Soul
Book One Chapters 1-5,
Book Two Chapters 1-2
Lecture: "Thomistic Biology as an Antidote to the Reductionism of Modern Science" - by Dr. William Carroll of
Cornell College, Iowa
Dinner and Reception follow
One-Day Intensive

One-Day Intensive
March 23, 2002
Aristotle, On Nature and Causality
Book Two, Chapters 1, 3
Book Two, Chapters 4-6, 8
Lecture: "Natures Act for an End"
by Dr. Robert Augros of
St. Anselm College, New Hampshire
Dinner and Reception follow

February 23 & 24, 2002
Aristotle, On the Principles of Nature
Book One, Chapters 1, 5-6
Book One, Chapter 7
Book One, Chapters 8-9

January 19 & 20, 2002
Human Suffering
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
The Bible, The Book of Job
Epictetus, The Handbook

December 14 &15, 2001
Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism
Sartre, No Exit and The Flies
Camus, The Stranger

November 17 & 18, 2001
Russian Short Stories
Gogol, The Nose, The Overcoat, The Calash
Chekhov, The Kiss, Gooseberries, The Bishop
Tolstoy, Master and Man

September 22 & 23, 2001
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

July 6 & 7, 2001
Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

June 2 & 3, 2001
Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals

March 16 & 17, 2001
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (On Friendship)
Bk. VIII, Chapters 1-8
Bk. VIII, Chapter 9 – Bk. IX, Chapter 3
Bk. IX, Chapters 4-12

January 20 & 21, 2001
Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

December 15 & 16, 2000
Plato and Aristophanes
Plato, Protagoras
Aristophanes, The Clouds

November 17 & 18, 2000
Descartes, Meditations Concerning First Philosophy

September 22 & 23, 2000
The Nature of Poetry
Aristotle, Poetics, Chapters 1-6
Aristotle, Poetics, Chapters 7-15
Euripides, Hippolytus

July 8 & 9, 2000
Aristotle, Ethics I-III

June 16 & 17, 2000
Tyranny and Justice
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Thomas Aquinas, On Kingship and Summa Theologiae (selections)
Machiavelli, The Prince

March 17 & 18, 2000
The Short Story
Flaubert, A Simple Heart and
St. Jullian Hospitalier
Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych
Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Enduring Chill

January 28 & 29, 2000
Augustine, The Confessions

November 13 & 14, 1999
Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

September 24 & 25, 1999
The Political Order
Aristotle, Politics (selections)
Rousseau, The Social Contract
Declaration of Independence and
The Federalist Papers (1, 10, 51)

June 18 & 19, 1999
Faith and Reason
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles
Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
St. Paul, Letter to the Galatians
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

April 23 & 24, 1999
The Origin of Knowledge
Plato, Meno
Aristotle, Posterior Analytics
Descartes, Discourse on Method

March 12 & 13, 1999
Law and Conscience
Sophocles, Antigone
Plato, Apology and Crito
Lincoln, selections

January 29 & 30, 1999
Human Action
The Holy Bible, Genesis, Chapters 1-25 v.11
Pre-Socratics and Epicurus
Freud, An Outline of Psychoanalysis

December 4 & 5, 1998
Plato, Symposium
C. S. Lewis, Four Loves
Shakespeare, Othello

November 13 & 14, 1998
Does God Exist?
Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion
Blaise Pascal, Pensees
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Ques. 2

September 25 & 26, 1998
Morality and Human Action
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
St. Thomas Aquinas, On Homicide