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)
- Hobbes, Leviathan, edited by C.B. MacPherson, Penguin (1981)
- Bentham and Mill, The Classical Utilitarians, edited by J. Troyer, Hackett (2003)
Choice set (instructor picks 3 books)
- Grouchy, Letters on Sympathy, translated by Sandrine Bergès, Oxford (2019).
- Hegel, Introduction to the Philosophy of History, translated by Leo Rauch, Hackett (1988)
- Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, edited by J.B. Schneewind, Hackett (1983)
- Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of the Morals, translated by James W. Ellington, Hackett (1993)
- Locke, Second Treatise of Government, edited by C.B. MacPherson, Hackett (1980)
- Marx, The Portable Karl Marx, edited by E. Kamenka, Viking (1983)
- Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo, edited by W. Kaufmann, Vintage (1989)
- Rousseau, Political Writings, edited by A. Ritter, translated and edited by J.C. Bondanella, Norton (1987)
- Weber, The Vocation Lectures: Science as Vocation and Politics as Vocation, edited by D. Owen and T.B. Strong, translated by R. Livingstone, Hackett (2004)
- Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, edited by Miriam Brody, Penguin (2004)