Philosophy M.A. Reading List

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Author Work
Parmenides

On Nature

Plato

Republic, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium

Aristotle 

Categories 1-5, 10-14, Physics I-II, On the Soul I, II.1-7, 12, III.1-8, Nicomachean Ethics, Metaphysics I, VII, IX, XII

Augustine

Confessions

Aquinas

Summa Theologiae I.1-13, 75-89, I-II.90-97, De ente et essentia 

Descartes

Meditations on First PhilosophyDiscourse on Method 

Leibniz

Discourse on Metaphysics

Locke

An Essay concerning Human Understanding Intro.; Bk. 1, ch. 1; Bk. 2, ch. 1-13, 19-27, 31-33, Bk. 3, ch. 1-3; Bk. 4, ch. 1-4, 9-11, 18-19 

Hume

An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion 

Rousseau

First Discourse: Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts 

Kant

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals 

Hegel

Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit 

Kierkegaard

Fear and Trembling

Mill

Utilitarianism

Nietzsche

Genealogy of Morals

Bergson

An Introduction to Metaphysics 

Wittgenstein

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus 

Heidegger

"What is Metaphysics?", "The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking" 

News

UD Launches Reading Initiative, Partners with Local Schools

During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.

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