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    CiRCE Booklist {II}

    October 3, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    I didn’t expect to have another list so soon! As I mentioned before, I was going to post a list each time my notepad filled up. Well, up until that time, each session I listened to from the Contemplation of Nature conference had suggested a book or two, maybe three. And then I listened to two in a row where the suggestions took up half a page.

    For those of you who want to practice adding fractions:

    1/2 + 1/2 = 1

    Which means, my page is full!

    Lecture: {Plenary V: Pillar II} The Principles of Classical Education: Nature–The Principle of Principles
    Lecturer: Martin Cothran

    I am too tired to give a synopsis of this lecture, but I liked it well enough! Every one of these CDs is a feast of ideas. Anyhow, he seemed to think the order in which he offered this book list was important. By the end of it, a reader will have a pretty good grasp of the concept of nature. This is nature not in a woodsy wilderness sense, but nature as in the natural essence of something.

    An additional note: For the first book, by Aristotle, he suggested a specific translator. The reason for this is that this translator agrees with Aristotle. Cothran gave an interesting opinion: even if you go into a reading knowing that you are not going to agree with the author, it is very helpful if the translator and/or commentator agrees with the author. Cothran says that this will give you the best reading of the material, and the best case for the author’s viewpoint.

    Something to think about.

    The list:

    Aristotle’s Physics:
    A Guided Study

    Science and the Modern World

    The Idea of Nature

    The Metaphysical Foundations
    of Modern Science

    The Seventeenth Century Background:
    The Thought of the Age in Relation
    to Religion and Poetry

    The Eighteenth Century Background: Studies on the Idea of Nature
    In the Thought of the Period

    {sorry…no photo available for that one}

    The Beginning of Wisdom:
    Reading Genesis

    {not necessarily from a Christian perspective, but helpful for understanding the idea of nature}

    Lecture: {Workshop 4} Naturalism and the Arts
    Lecturer: John Hodges

    This probably should have been called Naturalism and the Fine Arts since it discussed music, painting, sculpture  and such. For some reason, people in the workshop kept bringing up rap music. Perhaps their students love it or something? I didn’t really understand that.

    Hodges gave almost the entire lecture without mentioning a single book. I am guessing this is because he is a conductor by trade and is himself a fountain of knowledge. But, at the end, folks in the workshop began discussing what they had their students reading in regard to studying beauty {aesthetics}, and I thought that list might be helpful. At the end, Hodges adds in two books for understanding aesthetics. I myself am very interested in Eco’s book, which is last on the list.

    The Collected Works of C.S. Lewis

    {specifically, the essay Education in Wartime from God in the Dock}

    Art in Action:
    Toward a Christian Aesthetic

    The Arts of the Beautiful

    Tree and Leaf

    {specifically the essay On Fairy-Stories}

    Art and the Bible:
    Two Essays

    The Mind of the Maker

    Art and Beauty
    in the Middle Ages

    First list is here.

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  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts October 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Mrs. H, I know what you mean about the expense! It helps for me to justify them because my husband is actually listening to them as well. He finds them helpful for his class that he teaches at our church. I will say that I find them worth every penny, but I suppose it depends on what else you need the penny for!

    I happened to have some Christmas money left. I tend to hoard it for just such occasions. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts October 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    You know, Mystie, it would be very easy for me to add a Mr. Linky to the bottom of the next post. I’ll try to remember to do that. Even if it is just a booklist, it’d be a chance for anyone who is listening and blogging the CDs to give us all a chance to take a look at what they’re learning.

  • Reply Mystie October 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I have been wondering where/how we could maybe set up a Mr. Linky sort of thing for people posting about CIRCE CDs…..

  • Reply Mrs. H October 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Oh I really want to listen to those CDs! I haven’t justified the cost – yet. I hope I don’t miss the discounted price while I’m contemplating the purchase!

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts October 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Sarah, I wish everyone who bought the CDs lived near here. We could all find a cozy spot to meet and discuss the lectures and how they are changing our schools…it’d be fun!

  • Reply Sarah October 5, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I really need to put your blog in my Google Reader. I knew you had bought the CiRCE CDs but didn’t know you were making such a handy list.

    I am working my way through the CDs also. I hastily scratch out notes while listening and working in the kitchen (we have a large dry erase board in there). It’s all I can do to transcribe notes to my journal. I haven’t started a booklist. Now I can start a new wishlist at Amazon just for CiRCE books. Thank you!

    PS. Loved your post about celery–I just threw some yellowed stalks to the chickens yesterday. πŸ™ I will try growing some next spring.

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts October 4, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Yee-haw! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mystie October 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I should make it to the post office on Monday. πŸ™‚

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