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Philosophy Master's 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

Professors Awarded NEH Grant to Support Writing Programs

Chair and Associate Professor of English Debra Romanick Baldwin, Ph.D., and Professor of Physics and recent Interim Dean of Constantin College Sally Hicks, Ph.D., have secured a $299,078 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support writing instruction at UD for the fall 2020 semester.

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You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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