First-Year Seminar

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Program Directors:
Robert Weston
Cole Heinowitz

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

Program Syllabi

Fall 2014 Readings 

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

The 7 books in bold are required for all students.  

Professors will choose which of the other 5 books they will require.  
Please go to class before purchasing these.

The Holy Bible:  New Revised Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha (Oxford University Press), 1977.
The Republic, Plato (Hackett Publishing Company), C.D.C. Reeve & G.M.A. Grube, trans., 1992.
City of God, St. Augustine (Penguin Classics), Henry Bettenson, trans, 2003.
Ibn Tufay's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan:  A Philosophical Tale, Ibn Tufayl (University of Chicago Press), L. Goodman, trans., 2009.
The Complete Essays, Michel de Montaigne (Penguin Classics), M.A. Screech, trans., 1993.
The Freedom of a Christian, Martin Luther (Fortress Press), Mark Tranvik, trans., 2008.
Paradise Lost, John Milton (Oxford University Press), Stephen Orgel & Jonathan Goldberg, ed., 2008.
Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, Philip Ivanhoe & Bryan Van Norden (Hackett Publishing Co.), 2nd ed., 2006.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber (Penguin Classics), Peter Baehr, trans., 2002.
Discourse on Method and Mediations on First Philosophy, Rene Descartes (Hackett Publishing Company), Donald Cress, trans., 1999.
Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, Galileo Galilei (Anchor/Random House),Stillman Drake, trans., 1957.
On the Nature of the Universe, Lucretius (Oxford University Press),  Ronald Melville, trans., 2009.

Spring 2015 Readings

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

Second Treatise of Government, John Locke (Hackett Pub.), Macpherson, ed., 1980.
The Basic Political Writings, Rousseau, (Hackett Pub.), trans. & ed., Donald Cress, 2012.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano, (Norton), Sollors, ed., 2001.
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals: With a Supposed Right to Lie because of Philanthropic Concerns, Kant, (Hackett Pub.), trans. James Ellington, 1993.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, (Norton), J. Paul Hunter, ed., 2012.             
The Marx-Engels Reader, Marx, (Norton), Robert Tucker, ed., 1978.
Complete Plays, Lenz, and Other Writings, Buchner, (Penguin), trans. John Reddick, 1994.
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.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, (Norton), Lynch, ed., 2009.
The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, (Vintage), 1995.
Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt, (Penguin), 2006.