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 in Service: Ph.D. Students Share 'Confessions' in South Irving

UD students not only read St. Augustine's Confessions in Rome, traveling to Ostia to marvel at the place in which, according to Book IX, St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, had a joint mystical vision of God -- they also travel 4.4 miles from the Irving campus to read the text with residents of South Irving.

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How to Build a Shortwave Radio

As you know if you’ve read even some of our first UD Reads book, "All the Light We Cannot See," it’s possible to build a radio from random, scavenged parts, as long as you can find the necessary random, scavenged parts, as Werner does in the book. This is also essentially what Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Physics Jacob Moldenhauer did as well: He scavenged parts from the Physics Department, and built a radio.

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Thomas S. Hibbs Appointed President of University of Dallas

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced today that it has unanimously selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, to serve as the university's ninth president. The first alumnus of UD to be president, Hibbs has served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.

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