Summer Courses



How Hamlet Became Hamlet

In all of literature, there has never been a character whose consciousness is as abundant, expansive, and plentiful as Hamlet.  He is a character who seems to be aware of everything.  His range of interests is exceptional, and the quality of his intelligence is piercing.  This Summer Musing will focus on making Hamlet accessible as we uncover and learn about the meaning of many of his famous soliloquies.  Many apparat o have been deeply influenced by Plato.  We will begin with an overview of the Play, Hamlet, and its context and continue on to explore relevant passages that will be discussed in the original as well as modern text.  Participants will have the opportunity to deliver dramatic readings.



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School of Philosophy (Toronto)
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Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM View

Letters of Marsilio Ficino

Just as today, during the Italian Renaissance people were conversing about political and social forces that were disrupting “normal” daily life.  Just as today, the threat of chaos was in the air, and deep-thinking men of that time sought the advice of Marsilio Ficino.  They communicated through letters. This Summer Musing will look at some of these communiqués which are filled with guidance on love, friendship, and how to live a justly and happily.  We will begin with the historical context in which Ficino lived, and a brief overview of the people who reached out to him.  Then we will get into the letters, many of which provide guidance that is relevant to life in Toronto in 2020!  Participants will be able to test the validity of the advice and guidance given by Ficino.



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School of Philosophy (Toronto)
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Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM View