- Plato: Apology, Crito
- Aristophanes: Clouds, Lysistrata
- Plato: Republic (Books I – II)
- Aristotle: Ethics (Book I)
- Aristotle: Politics (Book I)
- Plutarch: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [Lycurgus, ,Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared, Alexander, Caesar]
- New Testament: The Gospel According to St. Mathew, The Acts of the Apostles
- St. Augustine: Confessions (Book I-VIII)
- Machiavelli: The Prince
- Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (Book I – II)
- Montaigne: Essays [Of Custom, and That We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received; of Pedantry; Of the Education of Children; That It Is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity; Of Cannibals; That the Relish of Good and Evil Depends in Great Measures upon the Opinion We Have of Them; Upon Some Verses of Virgil]
- Shakespeare: Hamlet
- Locke: Concerning Civil Government (Second Essay)
- Rousseau: The Social Contract (Book I – II)
- Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Chapter 15 – 16)
- The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The
Federalist [Numbers 1-10, 15, 31, 41, 51, 68-71]
- Smith: The Wealth of Nations (Introduction – Book I, Chapter 9)
- Marx-Engels: Manifesto of the Communist Party
9 thoughts on “First Year Reading List”
Is this the Ben who once gave me a copy of the Tao Te Ching?
If it is the Stephen Mitchell translation, then the answer is ‘yes!’ Do you still have it?
what happened next?
That was it. I guess it was a chance meeting in cyberspace.
Though if you write a better ending, let me know!
Chekhov could have written the ending! BTW, found yr blog as I’m just starting on the 10 Year Reading list, and am looking forward to starting with Plato.
Hope you don’t mind my cheeky blog post!
Not at all. It’s good have a little fun with it!