Aristotle, Ethics Books I-III; Descartes, Meditations Concerning First Philosophy; Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals; Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil; Camus, The Stranger; Sartre, No Exit and The Flies; Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism
Foundations of Our Republic
Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, selected Federalist Papers, selected Anti-Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, selections from Democracy in American, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), selected Lincoln speeches, Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Plessy v. Ferguson and Dissenting View (edited), Brown v. Board of Education, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Proposed Equal Rights Amendment, UN Declaration of Human Rights
Seneca, On the Happy Life; Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics; Gospel of St. Matthew, Sermon on the Mount and The Beatitudes; Augustine, The Happy Life; Julien La Mettrie, Man a Machine; Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation; Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents; Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness; Kringelbach and Berridge, The Neurobiology of Pleasure and Happiness; Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works.
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus; The Bible, The Book of Job; Epictetus, The Handbook.
Law and Conscience
Sophocles, Antigone; Plato, Apology and Crito; Lincoln, pre-civil war speeches.
Plato, Symposium; Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (Bk. 8 and 9 edited); Augustine, Sermon on Love; Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (Natural History of Morals); C.S. Lewis, Four Loves; Euripides, Hippolytus; Shakespeare, Othello; Sigrid Undset, Gunnar’s Daughter; Dostoevsky, A Gentle Creature; Ibsen, A Doll’s House.
Morality and Human Action
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; Aristotle, Ethics; Flannery O’Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First.
Origin for Knowledge
Plato, Meno; Aristotle, Posterior Analytics; Descartes, Discourse on Method.
Tyranny and Justice
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar; Aquinas, On Kingship and Summa Theologiae; Machiavelli, The Prince.