of the Mind
March a trio of first-year students presented papers at the
winter 2001 Humanities Colloquium, "Philosophy in Life."
Selected from 30 submissions to an open call, the papers will
be published with those from the autumn and spring colloquia
in the journal CORErelations
(online at core-relations.uchicago. edu). Graduate interns in
the Little Red Schoolhouse, the University's writing program,
select the papers and advise students on revisions. All three
of this winter's selections were written for the Humanities
course Human Being and Citizen, taught by collegiate assistant
professor Vincent J. Bertolini, AM'87, PhD'99.
versus "the Good": The Pursuit of Happiness
C. Gomez examines the modern conception of happiness and how
it came to be developed through the often conflicting teachings
in Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics and the story of Genesis.
In the former, she argues, "the highest end of man's actions"
is happiness, while in the latter, it is "faith in and
communication with God."
Failure of Friendship: An Aristotelian Examination of the Friendship
between Achilleus and Patroklos in Homer's Iliad
Also drawing from the Nichomachean Ethics, Walter E.
Theseira uses Aristotle's teachings to expose and explore the
failed friendship between Achilleus and Patroklos. Theseira
attributes the failure to the conflicting obligations placed
upon the characters by society, circumstance, and Achilleus's
Impact of the Leviathan in Hobbes's Leviathan and the Book of
Job: A Validation of Totalitarian Regimes
Megan E. Heffernan compares Hobbes's description of the body
politic-a commonwealth with "immense strength"-with
the monster Leviathan in Job 41. Parallel images of unity and
ambiguity drive her argument.