Santa Fe Senior Seminar Readings

2020–21 Senior 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.

Senior Seminar Readings for Fall 2020
Date Reading
August 27 Tolstoy, War and Peace
August 31 Tolstoy, War and Peace
September 3 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (Miller Translation Required): “Introduction” (pp. 46–57)
September 7 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (Miller Translation Required): “Sense-Certainty and Perception” (pp. 58–79)
September 10 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (Miller Translation Required): “Self Consciousness” (pp. 104–119)
September 14 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (Miller Translation Required): “Stoicism, Skepticism, and the Unhappy Consciousness” (pp. 119–138)
September 17 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit (Miller Translation Required): “Spirit: The ethical order: The ethical world & Ethical action” (pp. 263–289)
September 21 Hegel, Philosophy of History, Introduction (pp. 12–56 Rauch translation)
September 24 Marx (All Marx readings from The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker)
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts: Estranged Labor, Private Property and Communism, The Meaning of Human Requirements, The Power of Money in Bourgeois Society, pp. 70–105
Communist Manifesto
September 28 Marx (All Marx readings from The Marx-Engels Reader, ed. Robert Tucker)
On the Jewish Question, Part I, pp. 26–46
The German Ideology, Part I, “Feuerbach”, pp. 146–202
October 1 Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, from the Preface through the “First Problem” and the Epilogue
October 5 Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death, The beginning of the book through the section titled “Despair Over the Earthly or Something Earthly,” pp. 1–60, Princeton edition, Hong translation, or pp. 33–91, Penguin Classics edition, Hannay translation
October 8 Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death, The remainder of the book, skipping the sections beginning with “Sin is Not a Negation but a Position” through “The Continuance of Sin,” pp. 60–96, 109–131, Princeton Edition, or pp. 91–128, 142–165, Penguin Classics
October 12 Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Preface, Parts I & II
October 15 Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Parts III–V
October 19 Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Parts VI & VII
October 22 Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Parts VIII & IX, “Aftersong”
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

 

Senior Seminar Readings for Spring 2021
Date Readings
January 18 Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
January 21 Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
January 25 Essay Preparation
January 28 Essay Preparation
February 1 Essay Preparation
February 4 Essay Preparation
February 8 Essay Preparation
February 11 Essay Preparation
February 15 Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Vintage edition: I.intro. (pp.3–16); I.1–5 to p. 68 (pp.17–68); I.9–12 (pp. 173–198).
Chicago edition: I.i.intro. (pp. 3–15); I.i.1–5 to p. 65 (pp. 19–65); I.ii.1–4 (pp.165–186)
February 18 Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Vintage edition: I.14–16 (pp. 237–287); II.i.1–2 (pp.3–12); II.i.5–8 (pp.20–34); II.i.10, 15, 17, 20 (pp.41–47, 62-63, 71-76, 85–88).
Chicago edition: I.ii.6–8 (pp. 220–264); II.i.1–2 (pp.403–410); II.i.5–8 (pp. 417–428); II.i.10, 15, 17, 20 (pp. 433–439, 450–452, 458–463, 469–472)
February 22 Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Vintage edition: II.ii.1–4 (pp. 94–105); II.ii.8–13 (pp.121–139); II.iii.1 (pp.162–167); II.iv (pp. 287–334)
Chicago edition: II.ii.1–4 (pp. 479–488); II.ii.8–13 (pp. 500–514); II.iii.1 (pp. 535–539); II.iv (pp. 639–676)
February 25 Melville, Benito Cereno
March 1 Lincoln, Dred Scott Decision:
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford (photocopy)
  • Lincoln Speech on Dred Scott Decision, 1857 (photocopy)
  • Frederick Douglass, The Constitution of the United States: Is it Pro-Slavery or Anti-Slavery? (photocopy)
Lincoln’s Address at Cooper Union, 1860
(Abraham Lincoln Great Speeches, Dover Thrift Edition)
March 4 Lincoln Speeches (all are in Abraham Lincoln Great Speeches, Dover Thrift Edition) and Constitutional Amendments:
  • “The Perpetuation of our Political Institutions.” Address before Springfield Young Men’s Lyceum, 1838
  • “A House Divided.” Speech delivered at Springfield, Illinois at the close of the Republican State Convention, 1858
  • First Inaugural Address, 1861
  • Final Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
  • Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, 1863
  • Second Inaugural Address, 1865
  • 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
March 8 DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, Chapters 1–7
March 11 DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, Chapters 8–14
March 29 George Eliot, Middlemarch
April 1 George Eliot, Middlemarch
April 5 Freud, Introductory Lectures, I–VIII
April 8 Freud, Introductory Lectures, IX–XI, XIII–XIV, XVII (pp. 323–333 only), XVIII–XIX
The page numbers refer only to the Liveright Edition, copyright 1966, W.W. Norton & Company.
April 12 Freud, Introductory Lectures, XX–XXIV
April 15 Joyce, “The Dead”
April 19 Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
April 22 Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
April 26 T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton” and “Little Gidding” from Four Quartets
April 29 De Beauvoir, The Second Sex, Vintage Books, translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier.
Volume I, Facts and Myths, Introduction, pages 1–17.
Part 2, History, Chapters 1–4, pages 71–125.
May 3 De Beauvoir, The Second Sex
Volume I, Facts and Myths, Part 2, History, Chapter 5, pages 126–156. Volume II, Lived Experience, Part 2, Chapter 5, The Married Woman, pages 439–443 (to the first section break).
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.
May 6 O’Connor, “The Displaced Person”
May 10 James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
May 13 Heidegger, “Letter on Humanism,” pages 213—247
Basic Writings, Harper San Francisco, 1993
May 17 Heidegger, “Letter on Humanism,” pages 247–265
Basic Writings, Harper San Francisco, 1993
May 20 Plato, Phaedrus