Annapolis Senior Seminar Readings

Fall Semester 2022

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.

Senior Seminar Readings for Fall 2022
Date Reading
August 25 Tolstoi: War and Peace
August 29 Tolstoi: War and Peace
September 1 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, Introduction (73–89)
September 5 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, Sense Certainty, Perception (90–116)
September 8 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, The Truth of Self-Certainty (177 only), Lordship and Bondage (178–196)
September 12 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, Stoicism and Skepticism (197–206)
September 15 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, Unhappy Consciousness (207–230); Reason (231–232)
September 19 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, Conscience and The Beautiful Soul (632–658)
September 22 Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, The Beautiful Soul and Forgiveness (659–671); Absolute Knowing, sections 806–808
September 26 Tocqueville: Democracy in America (selections) - See Fall Semester Appendix
September 29 Tocqueville: Democracy in America (selections) - See Fall Semester Appendix
October 3 Tocqueville: Democracy in America (selections) - See Fall Semester Appendix
October 6 Marx: The German Ideology, all of Part One (International Publishers pp. 35–95); “Theses on Feuerbach” (pp. 121–123)
October 10 Marx and Engels: Capital (selections) - See Fall Semester Appendix
October 13 Marx and Engels: Capital (selections) - See Fall Semester Appendix

The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, Chapters “Estranged Labor,” “Private Property and Labor,” and “Private Property and Communism” (Prometheus edition, pages 69–84, 100–114)
October 17 Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling, Through Problema I
October 20 Kierkegaard: Philosophical Fragments, Chapters I–III (including Appendix)
October 24 Kierkegaard: Philosophical Fragments, Chapter IV–end (Moral)
October 27 Preceptorial
October 31 Preceptorial
November 3 Preceptorial
November 7 Preceptorial
November 10 Preceptorial
November 14 Preceptorial
November 17 Preceptorial
November 21 Preceptorial
November 28 Preceptorial
December 1 Preceptorial
December 5 Preceptorial
December 8 Preceptorial
December 12 Preceptorial
December 15
(Thursday)
Preceptorial

Fall Semester Appendix

Tocqueville

The reading assignments in Tocqueville are as follows in the 2-volume Vintage paperback (Bradley), Harper Perennial (George Lawrence), and University of Chicago Press (Mansfield):

September 26

Vintage

  • Volume I: Author’s Introduction; chapter 3, chapter 5 (omitting 68 bottom–85 bottom third), chapter 6 (to 103 middle), chapters 15–16, chapter 17 (pages 303–307 and 326–end [330])

Harper Perennial

  • Volume I: Author’s Introduction; Pt. I, chapter 3, chapter 5 (omitting 70 bottom–86), chapter 6 (to 104 top); Pt. II, chapter 7–8, chapter 9 (pages 290–294 and bottom of page 311–end [315])

University of Chicago Press

  • Volume I, Part I: Author’s Introduction; chapter 3, chapter 5 (omitting page 65 bottom–82 top), chapter 6 (to page 98 top); Part II, chapters 7–8, chapter 9 (pages 278–282 and bottom of page 298–end [302])
September 29

Vintage

  • Volume I: chapter 18 (pages 331–381, from 421 bottom–429 top third; and 434, final 2 paragraphs); Volume II: Book I, chapters 1–3, 5

Harper Perennial

  • Volume I, Part II: chapter 10 (pages 316-363, 400–407 and 412 [beginning “There are now two great nations”]–413) Volume II: Part I, chapters 1–3, 5

University of Chicago Press

  • Volume I, Part II: chapter 10 (pages 302–348, 384–390; and 395 [beginning “There are two great peoples”]–396); Volume II: Part I, chapters 1–3, 5
October 3
  • Vintage, Harper Perennial, or University of Chicago Press (editions are identical for this reading): Volume II, Part II, chapters 1–15; Part III, chapters 8–10, 12; Part IV, chapters 6–8

Marx

The reading in Marx’s Capital for the seminars on October 10 and 13 are as follows (the Bookstore carries the International Publishers, Dover, and Dover Thrift editions. Carefully distinguish whether your edition is Dover or Dover Thrift.):

Readings for October 10
Reading International Publishers Dover Dover Thrift
2-page photocopy from Contributions to the Critique of Political Economy      
Capital, Vol. I, Author’s Preface to 1st and Postface to 2nd German ed. 18–29 11–26 xv–xxvi
Part I
Chapter I, Chapter II, first four paragraphs
43–90 (top) 41–98 3–53 (top)
Chapter III, Section 2a 106–115 116–‍128 69–79
Readings for October 13
Reading International Publishers Dover Dover Thrift
Capital, Vol. I      
Part II
Chapters IV, V, VI
145–172 163–196 111–140
Part III
Chapter VII
173–192 197–221 141–162
Chapter VIII, first eight paragraphs 193–195 (bottom) 221–224 162–164
Chapter IX, Section 1 204–209 (mid)
(omit 210–212)
235–241
(omit 242–244)
173–178 (omit 179–181)
Chapter X, Section 1 222–225 255–259 190–194

The October 13 reading also includes The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, Chapters “Estranged Labor” and “Private Property and Communism” (Prometheus edition, pages 69–84, 100–114)

 

Spring Semester 2023

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.

SENIOR SEMINAR READINGS FOR SPRING 2023
DATE READING
January 9 Essay Writing Period
January 12 Essay Writing Period
January 16 Essay Writing Period
January 19 Essay Writing Period
January 23 Essay Writing Period
January 26 Essay Writing Period
January 30 Essay Writing Period
February 2 Essay Writing Period
February 6 Melville: Benito Cereno
February 9 Nietzsche: Use and Disadvantage of History for Life
February 13 Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil, Books 1, 2, 3
February 16 Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil, Books 4, 5, 6
February 20 Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil, Books 7, 8, 9: Aftersong
February 23 Conrad: Heart of Darkness
February 27 Freud:
“Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through”
“Mourning and Melancholia” (available in the bookstore)
March 2 Freud: Beyond the Pleasure Principle
March 20 Dostoevski: The Brothers Karamazov
March 23 Dostoevski: The Brothers Karamazov
March 27 Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
March 30 Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse, “The Window”
April 3 Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse, “Time Passes” and “The Lighthouse”
April 6 The Federalist, 78, 81 (first nine paragraphs)
Supreme Court Opinions (selections)
Constitution, Articles III and VI
See Spring Semester Appendix
April 10
April 13 Lincoln: selected speeches - See Spring Semester Appendix
Frederick Douglass: selected speeches - See Spring Semester Appendix
Booker T. Washington: selected speeches - See Spring Semester Appendix
April 17 W. E. B. DuBois: The Souls of Black Folk (selections) - See Spring Semester Appendix
April 20 W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk (selections) - See Spring Semester Appendix
April 24 Faulkner: Go Down Moses, “The Bear”
April 27 De Beauvoir: The Second Sex (selections) - See Spring Semester Appendix
May 1 De Beauvoir: The Second Sex (selections) - See Spring Semester Appendix
May 4 Heidegger: Introduction to Metaphysics (selections) - See Spring Semester Appendix
May 8 Heidegger: Introduction to Metaphysics (selections) - See Spring Semester Appendix
May 11 Plato: Phaedrus
End of spring semester

 

SPRING SEMESTER APPENDIX

The Federalist, Supreme Court Opinions, & Constitution of the United States

April 6

  • The Federalist 78, first nine paragraphs of 81; and Supreme Court Opinion: Marbury v. Madison, 1803 and “The Rule Must Be Discharged” and Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 in Senior Seminar Readings (Bookstore—photocopy, pp. 4–24)
  • State Court Opinion: Eakin v. Raub, 1825 (photocopy, pp. 25–29)
  • U.S. Constitution, Articles III and VI (photocopy, pp. 30–31)

Lincoln Assignments

The Lincoln assignments for April 10 and April 13 are taken from the Dover Thrift Edition and photocopies in Senior Seminar Readings and in Senior Seminar Supplementary Readings (Bookstore).

April 10

  • Dred Scott Decision, 1857, (photocopy, pp. 32–38)
  • Dred Scott: Curtis Dissent (pp. 39–45)
  • Lincoln: The Constitution and The Union, 1860 (photocopy, p. 46)
  • Lincoln: “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions”: Address Before Springfield Young Men’s Lyceum, 1838 (pp. 47–52)
  • Lincoln: “The Declaration of Independence Includes All Men”: Speech on the Dred Scott Decision, 1857 (photocopy, pp. 53–58)
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858:
    • “Difference Between the White and Black Races,” Charleston, September 18 (photocopy, p. 59)
    • “Now, While I am Upon this Subject,” Alton, October 15 (photocopy, pp. 60–62)
    • “I Have Intimated that I Thought,” Alton, October 15 (photocopy, pp. 63–64)
  • Lincoln: Address at the Cooper Union, 1860 (pp. 65–77)
  • Lincoln: Farewell Address at Springfield, Illinois, February 12, 1861 (p. 78)
  • Frederick Douglass: ‘The Constitution of the United States: Is It Pro-Slavery or Anti-Slavery?” 1860 (photocopy, pp. 79–87)

April 13

  • Lincoln: First Inaugural Address, 1861 (pp. 88–94)
  • Lincoln: “My Paramount Object”: Reply to Horace Greeley, 1862 (photocopy, p. 95)
  • Lincoln: Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862: starting from the paragraph beginning, “Our national strife springs not from our permanent part, not from the land we inhabit, not from our national homestead,” to the end (pp. 96–103).
  • Lincoln: Gettysburg Address, 1863 (p. 104)
  • Lincoln: Second Inaugural Address, 1865 (pp. 105–106)
  • Frederick Douglass: “Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln,” 1876 (photocopy, pp. 107–114)
  • Booker T. Washington (Bookstore—in Senior Seminar Reading)
    • “Atlanta Exposition Address,” 1901 (photocopy, pp. 115–117)
    • “Our New Citizen,” 1896 (photocopy, pp. 118–119)
    • “Democracy and Education,” 1890 (photocopy, pp. 120–127)

W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk

April 17

  • Forethought
  • Chapters I–VII

April 20

  • Chapters VIII–XIV
  • Afterthought

De Beauvoir’s The Second Sex

For reading assignments in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, the page numbers are taken from the unabridged 2010 Knopf edition or the 2011 Vintage Books edition (both editions translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier). Please be aware that earlier editions may be abridged and may not include all of the relevant pages.

April 27

De Beauvoir, The Second Sex:
Volume I, Facts and Myths, Introduction, pages 1–17.

  • Part 1, Chapter 1, Biological Data, pages 21–26 (ending at the defined section break), and pages 38–48 (beginning at, “In the human species …”).
  • Part 1, Chapter 3, The Point of View of Historical Materialism, pages 62–68.
  • Part 2, History, Chapters 1 and 2, pages 71–89.

May 1

De Beauvoir, The Second Sex:
Volume II, Part 2, Lived Experience, Part 2, Chapter 5, The Married Woman, pages 439–443 (to the first section break), and pages 468–489 (to the end of the quotation).

  • Part 2, Chapter 6, The Mother, pages 565 (top)–570 (the end of the chapter).
  • Part 2, Chapter 10, Woman’s Situation and Character, pages 638–664.
  • Part 4: Conclusion, pages 753–767.

Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics

The May 4 and May 8 assignments from Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics are as follows (page numbers are from the Fried and Polt first and second editions):

May 4

  • (First Edition) Chapter 1 (pp. 1–44); Chapter 3 (pp. 79–97)
  • (Second Edition) Chapter 1 (pp. 1–47 top); Chapter 3 (pp. 82–101)

May 8

  • (First Edition) Chapter 4 (pp. 98–113, 122–125, 130–155, 191–214, stopping at the asterisks)
  • (Second Edition) Chapter 4 (pp. 102–118; 128–131 middle, 135 bottom–163 top, 199 middle at “It is not part …”–222)