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Past Readings

2020–2021 Selected Works

Martha C. Franks, Books Without Borders: Homer, Aeschylus, Galileo, Melville, and Madison Go to China 
Wolfram Ellenberger, Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy
Stephen Mumford, Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Julia Annas, Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Intoduction
Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, Lives of the Stoics
Edith Hall, Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
Steven Nadler, Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How To Love and How To Die 
Lucretius, The Nature of Things

2019–2020 Selected Works

Laura Dassow Walls, Henry David Thoreau: A Life; and more writings by Thoreau such as "Civil Disobedience"
Carlos Baker, Emerson Among the Eccentrics; plus a few essays by Emerson such as "The American Scholar" or "Divinity School Address"
Megan Marshall, The Peabody Sisters 
Pre-Socratic Philosophers

2018–2019 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)
  • Brian Magee, Confessions of a Philosopher
    Ted Honderich, How Free Are You
    Michael Puett, The Path—What Chinese Philosophy Can Teach Us About The Good Life
    Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity
    Mary Jane Jacob, Dewey for Artists
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson miscellany such as The Heart of Emerson's Journals (edited by Bliss Perry), and Emerson In His Journals (edited by Joel Porte)
  • Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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