Santa Fe Junior Seminar Readings

2020–21 Junior Seminar Readings

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 2020
Date Reading
August 27 Cervantes, Don Quixote, Volume I
August 31 Cervantes, Don Quixote, Volume II
September 3 Descartes, Meditations, To the Reader, Synopsis, Meditations I–III
September 7 Descartes, Meditations, IV–VI
September 10 Pascal, Pensees, selections (see September 10 readings)
September 14 Pascal, Pensees, selections (see September 14 readings)
September 17 Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 1–3
September 21 Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 4–5; 8–9
September 24 Milton, Paradise Lost, Books 10–12
September 28 Hobbes, Leviathan, “Dedication,” “Preface,” Chapters 1–9
October 1 Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapters 10–16
October 5 Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapters 17–21,26, 31 [final paragraph]
“Review & Conclusion”
October 8 Spinoza, Theologico-Political Treatise, Preface, Chs. I, II, IV, VI–VII
October 12 Spinoza, Theologico-Political Treatise, Chs. XI–XVI, XIX, XX
October 15 Locke, Second Treatise of Government, Numbered paragraphs 1–51, 86–100, 119–158, 199, 211–243
October 19 Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Letter to the Republic of Geneva, Preface, Part I
October 22 Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Part II
October 26 Preceptorials
October 29 Preceptorials
November 2 Preceptorials
November 5 Preceptorials
November 9 Preceptorials
November 12 Preceptorials
November 16 Preceptorials
November 19 Preceptorials
November 23 Preceptorials
November 30 Preceptorials
December 3 Preceptorials
December 7 Preceptorials
December 10 Preceptorials
December 14 Preceptorials
December 17 Preceptorials

 

Junior Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Readings
January 18 Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, 1–2
January 21 Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, 3–4
January 25 Leibniz, selections
Philosophical Essays (Hackett): pp. 138–145 (New System of Nature);
pp. 171–178 (from correspondence with de Volder);
pp. 155–167 (On Nature Itself)
January 28 Leibniz, selections
Philosophical Essays (Hackett): pp. 206–213 (Principles of Nature and Grace);
pp. 213–225 (Monadology)
February 1 Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections i–v
February 4 Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections vi–viii
February 8 Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Sections ix–xii
February 11 Hume, Enquiry Concerning Principles of Morals, I–VI; IX;
Appendix 1. “Concerning Moral Sentiment;”
Appendix 2. “Of Self-Love”
February 15 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
“Preface” to Second Edition; “Introduction,” pp. 17–62.
Note: pagination is taken from the Norman Kemp Smith Translation. Pagination for the two other main editions is available in the St. John’s College Bookstore.
February 18 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Transcendental Aesthetic,” (pp. 65–91)
February 22 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Transcendental Logic,” “Introduction;” “Transcendental Analytic,” Book I, Chapter I (pp.92–119), Book I, Chapter II, Section 1 (pp. 120–128)
February 25 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Transcendental Analytic,” Book I Chapter II, Section 2 (second edition, pp.151–175)
March 1 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Transcendental Analytic,” Book II, Chapter I (pp. 180–187);
Chapter II, Analogies of Experience (first paragraph only, pp. 208–209), Second Analogy (first four paragraphs only, pp. 218–221);
Chapter III (pp. 257–275, but omit all passages contained only in A - first
edition, at bottom of pages 260–261 and 263–271)
March 4 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Transcendental Dialectic,” “Introduction” (pp. 297–307);
Book I (pp. 308–326);
Book II, The Dialectical Inferences of Pure Reason (pp. 327–328) and Chapter II, Introduction and Sections 1 and 2 (First and Third Antinomies only) (pp. 384–402, 409–415)
March 8 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
March 11 Wordsworth, Two Part Prelude
March 29 Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Vol. I–II
April 1 Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Vol. III
April 5 Rousseau, Social Contract, I, II
April 8 Rousseau, Social Contract, III, IV
April 12 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, “Canon” (pp. 629–653)
Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Preface and Section I
April 15 Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Second section–third section
April 19 Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
Liberty Fund Edition: 
  • “Introduction & Plan of Work” 
  • Book I, Chapters 1-4; Chapter 5 (first ten paragraphs)
  • Book I, Chapters 6-7
Modern Library Edition:
  • xxiii–xxvi
  • 3–37
  • 53–72
April 22 Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
Liberty Fund Edition: 
  • Book I, Chapter 8 (paragraphs 1–27, 35–45, last paragraph)
  • Book I, Chapter 9 (first 4 paragraphs)
  • Book I, Chapter 10, Introduction, Part I, (paragraphs 1–26)
  • Book I, Chapter 10, Part II (paragraphs 1–17, 41–end)
  • Book I, Chapter 11, Conclusion
  • Book II, Introduction
  • Book II, Chapter 1
  • Book II, Chapter 3
Modern Library Edition:
  • 73–84 (to “In Great Britain…”), 89–95 (to “In Years of Plenty…”), & 99
  • 100–101 (to “By the 37th…”)
  • 114–124 (to “That the chance of gain…”)
  • 136–143 (to “The government of towns…”), 155–165
  • 284–288
  • 299–301
  • 302–309
  • 360–380
April 26 Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
Liberty Fund Edition: 
  • Book III, Chapter 1
  • Book III, Chapter 3
  • Book III, Chapter 4, (paragraphs 1–18)
  • Book IV, Introduction, Chapter 1, (paragraphs 1–4, 34–end)
  • Book IV, Chapter 2, (paragraphs 1–15, 40–end)
  • Book IV, Chapter 3, Part II
  • Book IV, Chapter 9 (last 3 paragraphs)
  • Book V, Chapter 1, Part III, article 2 (paragraphs 48–end)
  • Book V, Chapter 1, Part III, article 3, (paragraphs 1–25)
Modern Library Edition:
  • 407–412
  • 426–438
  • 439–448 (to “This order, however…”)
  • 455–458 (to “In consequence of these…”), 478–480 (beginning with “ I thought it necessary…”)
  • 481–487 (to the bottom of the page), 498–502 (beginning with “The case in which…”)
  • 520–532
  • 745–746
  • 839–846 (beginning with “Ought the public…”)
  • 846–863 (to “In this situation…”)
April 29 Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter: Author’s preface; “Custom House;” Chapters 1–8
May 3 Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter: Chapters 9–end
May 6 Declaration of Independence
U.S. Constitution
Madison, Hamilton, Jay, The Federalist, 1, 2, 6, 9
May 10 Madison, Hamilton, Jay, The Federalist, 10, 15, 23, 39, 49, 50, 51
May 13 Madison, Hamilton, Jay, The Federalist, 57, 62, 63, 68, 69, 70, 76, 78, 84
May 17 Twain, Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 1–22
May 20 Twain, Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 23–end

Reading Supplement

Pensees: The “thoughts” are numbered differently in the three editions generally available, and are correlated in the following lists.

Key: P=Penguin, D/ML=Dover/Dutton and Modern Library, and GB=Great Books Editions.

Seminar Dates: September 10 and September 14

First Assignment, September 10
P D/ML GB
512 1 1
511 2 2
751 3 3
513 4 4
675 29 29
587 34 34
647 35 35
199 72 72
44 82 82
45 83 83
978 100 100
622 131 131
136 139 139
137 142 142
523 145 145
414 171 171
427 194 194
612 219 219
429 229 229
418 233 233
577 234 234
781 242 242
808 245 245
188 267 267
170 268 268
167 269 269
174 270 270
82 271 271
182 272 272
173 273 273
530 274 274
975 275 275
983 276 276
423 277 277
424 278 278
588 279 279
377 280 280
155 281 281
110 282 282

Second Assignment, September 14
P D/ML GB
60 294 294
103 298 298
554 303 303
977 320 320
688 323 323
525 325 325
26 330 330
533 331 331
200 347 347
33 374 374
905 385 385
109 392 392
406 395 395
128 396 396
114 397 397
117 409 409
621 412 412
410 413 413
122 416 416
121 418 418
148 425 425
149 430 430
131 434 434
208 435 435
142 463 463
398 524 525
352 525 526
192 526 527
212 527 528
353 528 529
712 529 530
538 530 531
358 537 538
190 542 543
189 546 547
449 555 556
835 563 564
502 570 571
926 581 582
242 584 585
446 585 586
286 608 609
281 612 613
454 618 619
451 619 620
311 639 640
392 643 644
270 669 670
257 683 684
269 691 692
198 692 693
793 736 737
308 792 793
846 807 808
184 810 811
169 811 812