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 2015 Readings 

These are all available for purchase or rental from 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 add an optional book to their curriculum.   Please go to class before purchasing these.

Required books:
The Holy Bible:  New Revised Standard Version Bible with Apocrypha (Oxford University Press), 1977.
The Complete Euripides:  Vol. II:  Iphigenia in Tauris and Other Plays (Oxford University Press), Peter Burian & Alan Shapiro, editors, 1st edition, 2010.
The Republic, Plato (Hackett Publishing Company), C.D.C. Reeve & G.M.A. Grube, trans., 1992.
Confessions, St. Augustine (Penguin Classics), Pine-Coffin, trans, 1961.
Ibn Tufay's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan:  A Philosophical Tale, Ibn Tufayl (University of Chicago Press), L. Goodman, trans., 2009.
The Protestant Reformation,  Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed.  (Perenniel), Revised edition, 2009.
The Complete Essays, Michel de Montaigne (Penguin Classics), M.A. Screech, trans., 1993.
Discourse on Method and Mediations on First PhilosophyRene Descartes (Hackett Publishing Company), Donald Cress, trans., 1999.
Paradise Lost, John Milton (Oxford University Press), Stephen Orgel & Jonathan Goldberg, ed., 2008.
Optional books:
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.
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.