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Past Readings

2018 Selected Works

  • Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
  • William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (Penguin edition preferred)
  • Jules Evan, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations 
  • Carlin Romano, excerpts from America the Philosophical 
  • Oliver Sacks, The River of Consciousness
  • Thomas Pink, Free Will: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford)

2017 Selected Works

Sarah Bakewell, At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails​
Joshua Greene, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
John Kaag, American Philosophy: A Love Story
Ralph Waldo Emerson​, Representative Men
The Bhagavad Gita
Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching​​
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
R. J. Hollingdale, editor, A Nietzsche Reader

2016 Selected Works

  • Ancius Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
  • Matthew Stewart, Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
  • Arthur Herman, The Cave and The Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization

2015 Selected Works

Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
Simon Glendinning, Derrida: A Very Short Introduction
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

2014 Selected Works

  • David Edmonds and John Eidinow, Wittgenstein's Poker
  • Naomi Klein, No Logo
  • Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
  • William James,  Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking
  • Richard Rorty, Philosophy and the Mirror of Life
  • Morris Dickstein, ed. The Revival of Pragmatism (first section)
  • Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

2012-2013 Selected Works

  • Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
  • Charles Sanders Peirce
  • Henri Bergson
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Lucretius