This course continues the “Great Conversation” of the Western Tradition in antiquity by focusing on the nature of the soul: the effects of sin and the possibility of redemption. This course incorporates selections from the comic Greek poet Aristophanes and the Greek tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The main part of the course focuses on Aristotle with full readings of his Nichomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric and Poetics. Students reflect on the ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy by a close reading of Plato in his Apology of Socrates. The course concludes with the supplemental Christian vision of ethics as found in Augustine’s Confessions.