First-Year Seminar Required Texts

Please purchase the exact editions, available from the college bookstore.

Fall 2017 Texts

  • Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates, trans. G.M.A. Grube, rev. J. Cooper, 3rd edition, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872205543
  • Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic, trans. Rex Warner, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0140449341
  • William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, ed. William Montgomery, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0143128601
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, trans. Donald A. Cress, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872201507
  • Toussaint L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, ed. Nick Nesbitt, Verso, ISBN: 978-1844672615
  • John and Abigail Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, ed. Frank Shuffleton, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0142437117
  • Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings, ed. Vincent Carretta, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0140424300
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. Stephen D. Grant, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872204942
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings, ed. Dennis Dalton, Hackett, ISBN: 978-0872203303
  • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, Preface by Thomas Pynchon,Berkeley/Harcourt Brace/Penguin, ISBN:  978-0452284234

Spring 2017 Texts

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Self-Reliance’ and Other Essays, Dover Thrift Editions, ISBN:  978-0486277905
  • Ockley, Simon, "Sentences of Ali" in 'The History of the Sarcacens: Compromising the Lives of Mohammed and His Successors," vol. 2 (Cambridge, 1757), 335-348 (reading will be provided)
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Terence Irwin, Hackett Publications, ISBN:  978-0872204645
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, trans. Walter Kaufmann,Vintage, ISBN: 978-0679724650
  • Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0140441147
  • Malcolm X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Penguin Modern Classics - trade paperback edition (not mass market edition), ISBN:  978-0345376718
  • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, trans. Deborah Roberts, Hackett Publications, ISBN: 978-1603841900
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, ed. J. Paul Hunter, second edition, W. W. Norton, ISBN: 978-0393927931
  • Sappho, If Not Winter: Fragments of Sappho, trans. Anne Carson, Vintage, ISBN: 978-0375724510
  • James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ed. Seamus Deane, Penguin Classics , ISBN: 978-0142437346
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