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" 

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