Saturday, August 16, 2008

Civilization: Reading List

This is the projected reading list for the Civilization Saturday feature. Suggestions for other texts are welcome, and suggestions within the texts--some of them are pretty unwieldly length-wise--are welcome as well. Also, several of the books will be discussed in sections rather than as a whole. I'll try to keep things limited to a hundred pages of reading or so a week.

  • The Book of Genesis (Discussion here)

  • The Book of Exodus (Discussion here)

  • Thucydides, "Pericles' Funeral Oration," from the History of the Peloponnesian War (Discussion here)

  • Plato, The Republic (Discussions: Books I-IV here, Books V-VII here, and Books VIII-X here.)

  • Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics (Discussions: Books I-III here, Books IV-VI here, Books VII-X here)

  • Aristotle, The Politics

  • Cicero, On the Good Life

  • The Book of Isaiah

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

  • The Acts of the Apostles

  • St. Paul the Apostle, Epistle to the Romans

  • St. Paul the Apostle, First Epistle to the Corinthians

  • St. Paul the Apostle, Epistle to the Galatians

  • The Epistle of James

  • The Book of Revelation

  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

  • St. Augustine, City of God

  • Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

  • Al-Qur'an

  • Paul E. Sigmund, ed., St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics

  • Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies

  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

  • Niccolò Machiavelli, The Discourses

  • Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., The Protestant Reformation (Readings from Martin Luther and others to be determined)

  • John Calvin, The Institutes (Reading selections to be determined; suggestions are welcome)

  • René Descartes, Discourse on Method

  • René Descartes, Meditations on the First Philosophy

  • John Milton, Areopagitica

  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

  • John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

  • David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principals of Morals

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

  • Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

  • Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

  • Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence (draft and final versions)

  • Immanuel Kant, "What Is Enlightenment?"

  • Immanuel Kant, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals

  • Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers

  • The Constitution of the United States of America

  • The Bill of Rights

  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

  • The Preface to the French Constitution of 1793

  • Maximilien Robespierre, On the Moral and Political Principles of Domestic Policy

  • Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

  • Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women

  • G.W.F. Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit

  • G.W.F. Hegel, Appendix to The Philosophy of Right

  • G.W.F. Hegel, Introduction to The Philosophy of History

  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

  • Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

  • Karl Marx, The German Ideology, Part I

  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto

  • Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

  • John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

  • Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals

  • W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

  • William James, Pragmatism

  • Max Weber, Essays in Sociology

  • V.I. Lenin, Imperialism

  • V.I. Lenin, State and Revolution

  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

  • Antonio Gramsci, The Modern Prince and Other Writings

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

  • Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

  • Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

  • Hannah Arendt, On Violence

  • Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

  • Jürgen Habermas, Transformation of the Public Sphere

  • T.S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

  • Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • John Rawls, A Theory of Justice

  • Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia

  • Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

  • Edward Said, Orientalism

  • Cornel West, Prophesy Deliverance!

  • Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent

  • Catherine MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State

  • Leo Strauss, Natural Right and History

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing by Aristotle's Ethics you mean the Nicomachean Ethics, and not the Eudemian Ethics or the Magna Moralia.

Pol C said...

Thanks for the note. It was my impression that the title The Nicomachean Ethics and the Ethics was interchangeable, as a number of publishers (such as Penguin) have treated it that way. I see they no longer do, so I've corrected the reference in this and other postings.