There are five texts studied in this course, selected by the Philosophy instructor (in consultation with the English instructor) according to the following plan.
During the semester the Philosophy and English instructors will follow the same five texts in the same sequence.
Required (2 books)
- Plato, The Republic, translated by G.M.A. Grube, revised by C.D.C. Reeve, 2nd edition, Hackett (1992)
- EITHER: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, translated and introduced by D. Ross, Oxford University Press (1998)
- OR: Aristotle, The Politics, translated by T.A. Sinclair, Penguin (1992)
Choice set (instructor picks 3 books)
- Aquinas, Political Writings, edited and translated by R.W. Dyson, Cambridge University Press (2002)
- Augustine, Political Writings, translated by D. Kries and M.W. Tkacz, edited by E.L. Fortin and D. Kries, introduction by E.L. Fortin, Hackett (1994)
- Cicero, On Duties, edited and translated by M. Griffin, edited by M. Atkins, Cambridge University Press (1991)
- Christine de Pizan, The City of Ladies, translated by R. Brown-Grant, Penguin (2005)
- John Dillon, The Greek Sophists, translated by T. Gergel, Penguin (2003)
- Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, translated, with introduction and notes, by M.F. Smith, Hackett (2001)
- Machiavelli, Selected Political Writings, Hackett (1994)
- Plato, Five Dialogues (Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo), translated by G.M.A. Grube, revised by J.M. Cooper, 2nd edition, Hackett (2002)
- Thucydides, On Justice, Power and Human Nature: Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War, translated by P. Woodruff, Hackett (1993)