Annapolis Junior Seminar Readings

Fall Semester 2021

This list may be subject to change. Please always check with tutors or cross-reference with the paper reading list distributed by the dean’s office.

Junior Seminar Readings for Fall 2021
Date Reading
August 26 Cervantes: Don Quixote Part One
August 30 Cervantes: Don Quixote
September 2 Descartes: Meditations, Letter of Dedication, Preface, I–III
September 6 Descartes: Meditations, IV–VI
September 9 Pascal: Pensées (selections) - See Appendix
September 13 Pascal: Pensées (selections) - See Appendix
September 16 Milton: Paradise Lost, I–III
September 20 Milton: Paradise Lost, Books IV; V; VI Argument only; VII Argument, 1–39; VIII
September 23 Milton: Paradise Lost, IX–X; XI to 428; XII 446 to end
September 27 Hobbes: Leviathan, Frontispiece; Letter of Dedication; Author’s Preface; Chapters 1–11
September 30 Hobbes: Leviathan, Chapters 12–18
October 4 Hobbes: Leviathan, Chapters 19–21, 24–25, 27, 28 (only the very last paragraph), 29
October 7 Hobbes: Leviathan, Chapters 30–31, 32 (first four paragraphs), 38 (paragraphs 3–6, 17–24, according to the Hackett numbering), 39, 43, 46–47; A Review and Conclusion (last paragraph)
October 11 Spinoza: Ethics, Book 1 through proposition 29, marginal pages II/45–II/71
October 14 Spinoza: Ethics, Book 1, proposition 30 through end, including the appendix; Book 2 through proposition 13, marginal pages II/71–II/97
October 18 Leibniz: Discourse on Metaphysics
October 21 Leibniz: Philosophical Essays - See Appendix
October 25 Leibniz: Principles of Nature and Grace; Monadology; Philosophical Essays - See Appendix
October 28 Preceptorial
November 1 Preceptorial
November 4 Preceptorial
November 8 Preceptorial
November 11 Preceptorial
November 15 Preceptorial
November 18 Preceptorial
November 22 Preceptorial
November 29 Preceptorial
December 2 Preceptorial
December 6 Preceptorial
December 9 Preceptorial
December 13 Preceptorial
December 16
(Thursday)
Preceptorial

Fall Semester Appendix

September 9 & 13

The selections from Pascal’s Pensées (Penguin Edition) to be read for the seminars on September 9 and 13 are listed below. Please note that in the list of readings below, pensées from the non-classified papers have sometimes been added to chapters of the classified papers to which they seem to be clearly related.

Selections for September 9
Chapter Fragment
II 13, 21, 25, 30, 36, 44, 47, 413, 627, 628, 688, 697, 806, 978
III 54–56, 58, 60, 65, 71, 72, 75
IV 78, 79, 622, 641, 771
V 80, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89–93, 95, 97, 98, 101–103, 577, 665, 711, 828
VI 106–108, 110–116, 118
VII 119, 121, 122, 124–128, 131, 398, 401, 410
VIII 132–134, 136, 138, 139, 414
IX 140, 143, 145, 407
X 148
Selections for September 13
Chapter Fragment
XI 149
XII 151, 152, 157, 160–162, 165, 166, 418, 427, 428, 434, 442, 444
XIII 170, 173–175, 182–185, 187, 188
XIV 189, 190, 192, 446, 449
XV 194, 198–201, 511, 512
XV (bis) 416, 417, 431, 471
XVI 205, 208, 210, 214–216, 219, 220
XVIII 228, 232, 234, 239, 241, 242
XIX 255, 265
XXIII 298, 300, 301, 308, 309, 423, 424
XXIV 332, 335
XXVI 351–354, 357, 358, 360, 364, 372, 373, 808, 821
XXVII 378, 380, 381, 835, 846, 913 (Memorial)

October 21

Leibniz, Philosophical Essays (R. Ariew and D. Garber), Part I:

  • No. 17, “New System of Nature” (pp. 138–145)
  • Nos. 20–21, “On the Ultimate Origination of Things,” “On Nature Itself” (pp. 149–167).

October 25

Leibniz, Philosophical Essays (R. Ariew and D. Garber), Part I:

  • No. 7, “Primary Truths” (pp. 30–34);

Part II E:

  • No. 4, “Letter to Clarke: Third Paper” [through paragraph 8] (pp. 324–326).

(Don’t forget that the assignment includes also: Principles of Nature and Grace and Monadology.)