HON 171 is the first of a series of two seminars that all incoming freshmen have to take to fulfill their requirements as members of Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. It is a Socratic seminar, emphasizing close textual reading, critical thinking, discussion and argumentative writing. Chronologically, it covers from earliest times to ~1600 CE.Since Fall 2000, I have taught the following texts (in whole or part [p]):

Aeschylus, Oresteia
Aristotle, Poetics [p]
Aristotle, Ethics
Augustine, Confessions [p]
Aquinas, Summa Theologica [p]
Aristophanes, Clouds
Aristophanes, Frogs
Aristophanes, Lysistrata
Bacon, Novum Organon [p]
Bagavad Gita
Boccachio, Decameron [p]
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
Buddhist texts [various]
Cattulus [p]
Cicero, On the Nature of the Gods
Cicero, On Duties [p]
Cicero, On Friendship
Cicero, Dream of Scipio
Confucius, Analects
Dante, Inferno
De Las Casas, Destruction of the Indies
Descartes, Discourse on Method
De Tormes, The Tale of Lazarillo de Tormes
De Vega, Fuenteovejuna [p]
The Dhammapada
Enuma Elish
Erasmus, Praise of Folly
Euripides, Bacchae
Euripides, Medea
Galileo, Letter to the Grand Duchess
Genesis / Bereshit
Herodotus, Histories [p]
Hesiod, Works & Days [p]
Hesiod, Theogony
Homer, Iliad
The Book of Job
Kano No ChoĢ„mei, “An Account of a Ten-Foot-Square Hut”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Lucretius, The Nature of Things
Machiavelli, The Prince
Milton, Paradise Lost [p]
Montaigne, Essays [p]
Motokyio, Atsumori
Mozi [p]
New Testament [p]
Ovid, Metamorphoses [p]
Pico, Oration on the Dignity of Man
Plato, Apology
Plato, Crito
Plato, Euthyphro
Plato, Meno [p]
Plato, Phaedo [p]
Plato, Timaeus
Plato, Republic
Plato, Symposium
Pre-Socratic philosophers
Sappho [p]
Shakespeare, King Lear
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Shakespeare, Hamlet
Shikibu, Tale of Genji [p]
Sima Qian [p]
Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus
Sophocles, Antigone
Sun T’zu, Art of War
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War [p]
Virgil, Aeneid [p]
Xunzi [p]
Zhuangzi, The Inner Chapters