SEM 103: Western Tradition II

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
  • Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (selections)
  • Bartolomé de las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (selections)
  • Marguerite de Navarre, Heptameron (selections)
  • Francisco de Vitoria, On the Indians
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method (selections)
  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times
  • John Donne, "The Good Morrow"
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (selections)
  • Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace
  • Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty
  • Machiavelli, The Prince (selections)
  • Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Turkish Embassy Letters (selections)
  • Florence Nightingale, Cassandra
  • Otto-Peters, "Lace-Makers"
  • Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract (selections)
  • William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (selections)
  • Selections from Romantic Poetry