Principles of the Humanities and Arts Curriculum
The studies will enhance familiarity with select aspects in Western, as well as Eastern, thought in the domains of philosophy, science, poetry, literature, art and music. Broadening the intellectual horizons in these cultural channels will provide an additional mode of practicing in the process of mind transformation.
The outline of the program will deploy two complementing courses of seminars in the fields of humanities and the arts. The two study courses will take place in parallel throughout the duration of the program.
The first course of study is structured in relation to the ‘Four Great Genres’ which derive from Aristotelian Poetics – the Tragedy, the Comedy, the Epic and the Lyric – that form a sort of four primordial elements of human expression. This course of study offers seminars that are organized as a sequence, with each seminar treating a different epoch, for the first two years. In the third year this sequence is replaced by two pairs of seminars that treat two themes that arise from this structure – Modernism and the concept of the Self, with each theme being divided into two sub–themes, each to be dealt with in a particular seminar.
The second course of study offers a multitude of different seminars, which cumulatively offer a broad picture. These seminars are not thematically interdependent in the same way, and thus there is no imperative to take them sequentially. This course of study is named ‘Synapses – Transformations of Themes and Forms in Culture’, referring to the way nerve cells transmit information within the body – a transmission that is a complex exchange between matter and energy.