First-Year Seminar

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Program Directors:
Robert Weston
Cole Heinowitz

For further information,
please contact:  
Betsy Hoffman, Program Assistant
Tel: 845-758-7490
Fax: 845-752-2368

Program Syllabi

Spring 2016 Readings

These are all available for purchase, or rental at the Bard Bookstore.  
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Book title, author, publisher, translation

The 9 books in bold are required for all students.

Professors may choose to use the optional  text.
Please go to class before purchasing this.
Second Treatise of Government, John Locke (Hackett Pub.), Macpherson, ed., 1980.
The Basic Political Writings, Rousseau, (Hackett Pub.), trans. & ed., Donald Cress, 2012.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,  Mary Wollstonecraft, (Norton), 2009.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equaino, (Norton), Sollors, ed., 2001.
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals: With a Supposed Right to Lie because of Philanthropic ConcernsKant, (Hackett Pub.), trans. James Ellington, 1993.
The Marx-Engels Reader, Marx, (Norton), Robert Tucker, ed., 1978.
Nietzsche:  "On the Genealogy of Morality" and Other Writings, Nietzsche, (Cambridge), trans. Carol Diethe, Keith Ansell-Pearson, ed., 2006.
Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud, (Norton), trans. James Strachey, 2010.
The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, (Vintage), 1995.
Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt, (Penguin), 2006.