Employing and building upon the strategies of critical thinking, critical reading, and shared inquiry learned in previous seminars, students will read, write about and discuss a selection of Renaissance, 17th, 18th and 19th century texts from the Western tradition. 

The reading list is current but subject to modification. From some texts selections are read.

 Reading List
  • Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Luther, On Christian Liberty
  • Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method
  • Hobbes, Leviathan
  • Rousseau, A Discourse on Inequality
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Selections from Romantic Poetry
  • Dickens, Hard Times
  • Marx, Communist Manifesto
  • Nightingale, Cassandra
  • Darwin, The Origin of Species
  • Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
  • Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum
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