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

Spring 2014 Readings

These are all available for purchase, or rental at the Bard Bookstore.  Please visit

Book title, author, publisher, translation
Second Treatise of Government, John Locke (Hackett Pub.), Macpherson, ed.
The Basic Political Writings, Rousseau, (Hackett Pub.), trans. & ed., Donald Cress
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano, (Norton), Sollors, ed.
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals: With a Supposed Right to Lie because of Philanthropic Concerns, Kant, (Hackett Pub.), trans. James Ellington
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, (Norton), J. Paul Hunter, ed.  
The Marx-Engels Reader, Marx, (Norton), Robert Tucker, ed.
Complete Plays, Lenz, and Other Writings, Buchner, (Penguin), trans. John Reddick
Nietzsche: “On the Genealogy of Morality” and Other Writings, Nietzsche, (Cambridge), trans. Carol Diethe, Keith Ansell-Pearson, ed.
Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud, (Norton), trans. James Strachey
Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner (Random House)
The Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt, (Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich)

Fall 2013 Readings

These are all available for purchase or rental from the Bard Bookstore.
Please visit

Book title, author, publisher, translation
The New Revised Standard Version Bible with Aprocrypha (Oxford University Press)
Paradise Lost, John Milton, (Oxford University Press), S. Orgel & J. Goldberg, ed.
Republic, Plato (Hackett Publishing Company), C. Reeve & G. Grube, trans.
Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, Philip Ivanhoe & Bryan Van Norden (Hackett Publishing Company), 2nd ed.
On the Nature of the Universe, Lucretius, (Oxford University Press), Ronald Melville, trans.
Confessions, St. Augustine (Penguin Classics), Pine-Coffin, trans.
Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale, Ibn Tufayl, (University of Chicago Press), L. Goodman, trans.
The Complete Essays, Michel de Montaigne, (Penguin Classics), M.A. Screech, trans.
The Freedom of a Christian, Martin Luther (Fortress Press), Mark Tranvik, trans.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber, (Penguin Classics), Peter Baehr, trans.
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy, René Descartes, (Hackett Publishing Company), Donald Cress, trans.
Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, Galileo Galilei, (Anchor/Random House), Stillman Drake, trans.