Politics and Society Seminar and Tutorial Reading Lists
Tutorial Reading List
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The reading assignment for the first tutorial should be completed before the first class meeting.
First assignment: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Bekker numbers 1094a1‑1098b8 (noted in margin).
Weeks One through Three - 12 meetings
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Books I and II, III, IV 1123a34‑1125a35, V 1129a3‑1136a9, VI, VII 1145a15‑1152a35, VIII 1155a3‑1161b11, X chapters 7-8
Week Four - 4 meetings
Aquinas, Treatise on Law questions 90‑97
Week Five - 4 meetings
Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals Preface and First and Second Sections,
(Third Section optional).
Week Six - 4 meetings
Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution (all in appendix of Federalist Papers, paperback Modern Library edition Random House); Federalist Papers, 1, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 23, 37, 39, 47 (first 4 pages), 48, 49, 51, 70 (first 2 pages), 71, 78, 81 (first 4 pages), 84
Week Seven (Monday) - 1 meeting
Melville, Billy Budd
Week Seven (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) - 3 meetings
Tocqueville, Democracy in America:
Volume I, Author’s Introduction and chapters III‑V (Vintage edition: pages 3‑16 and 46‑97; Chicago edition: pages 3-15 and 45-93).
Volume I, chapters IX, XIV‑XVI in Vintage (pages 173 and 237‑287); Volume One, Part Two, chapter 1 and chapters 6-8 in Chicago (pages 165 and 220-264).
Volume II, Book II, chapters I‑XI, XIV‑XVII and Volume II, Book III, chapters IX‑XII in Vintage (pages 94‑133, 140‑151; 198‑214); Volume Two, Part Two, chapters 1-11, 14-17 and Volume Two, Part Three, chapters 9-12 in Chicago (pages 479-508, 514-524;
(Pagination for editions other than Vintage and Chicago may be different.)
Week Eight - 3 meetings
Decisions of the United States Supreme Court: Dred Scott v. Sandford (with Lincoln’s Springfield Speech); Plessy v. Ferguson; Brown v. Board of Education. (Photocopy available from the St John’s Bookstore)
Seminar Reading List
Monday and Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The reading assignment for the first seminar should be completed before the first class meeting.
1. Plato, Republic, Books I‑II
2. Republic, Books III‑IV
3. Republic, Books V‑VI
4. Republic, Books VII‑VIII
5. Republic, Books IX‑X
6. Aristotle, Politics, Book I
7. Politics, Book III
8. Machiavelli, The Prince
9. Hobbes, Leviathan Author's Introduction and chapters 1‑9
10. Leviathan, chapters 10‑16
11. Leviathan, chapters 17-21, chapter 26
12. Locke, Of Civil Government chapters I‑XI (omit paragraphs 64‑86 and 100‑122). Also called Second Treatise of Government.
13. Rousseau, On the Origins of Inequality Part I
14. On the Origins of Inequality Part II
15. Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts (1844) First Manuscript (“Wages of Labor” through “Estranged Labor”) (Chapter titles from Early Writings, Rodney Livingstone and Gregor Benton, translators, Penguin Classics edition; chapter titles will be different in other translations.)
16. Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, Third Manuscript through “Money” (begins with “Private Property and Labor”)