Renaissance, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Thought

This seminar draws from four centuries of writers, including politicians, philosophers, playwrights and scientists.

This third seminar can be taken in any of the first 5 semesters following the freshman year.


Seminar 021 - Roman, Early Christian, and Medieval Thought, or

Seminar 110 - Classical, Christian, and Medieveal Thought

Reading List:

  • Fra Filippo Lippi, La Vergine Col Figlio
  • Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Luther, On Christian Liberty
  • Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Galileo, The Starry Messenger
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method and The Meditations
  • Hobbes, Leviathan, selections
  • John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, The Answer/La Respuesta
  • Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality
  • Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, selections
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, selections
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice