We’ll be reading the following works this semester:
- Sophocles, Antigone
- Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
- Plato, Apology
- Plato, Crito
- Plato, Republic
- Aristotle, Politics
- Thomas Aquinas, On Kingship
- Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q. 90-94
- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
- John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract
- Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
- Vaclav Havel, “The Power of the Powerless”
- Vaclav Havel, “Politics and Conscience”
- Vaclav Havel, “Stories and Totalitarianism”
Many of these works are available in electronic format, whether in free editions (through sites such as Project Gutenberg) or in editions for the Kindle or Nook (both the ereaders and the applications). There are also many print editions available; you may own some already.
The works by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Vaclav Havel are freely available online.
It does not matter to me what edition of a text you use. The only stipulation I have is that any edition of the works by Sophocles, Plato, and Aristotle must be an edition that has paragraph numbers in the margins so that we can all find common passages easily.
For the convenience of those who prefer to have one book with (nearly) all of the texts in one place, I’ve placed the following on order at the bookstore:
Morgan, Michael L. 2011. Classics of Moral and Political Theory. 5th ed. Hackett Pub Co.
The 10-digit ISBN for the paperback edition is 1-60384-442-2. The book contains all of the readings except the works by King and Havel.