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Module Reading List

PPE First Year Seminar - Semester 1, 2017/18, Semester 1
Daniel Elstein
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core readings

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Week 1

Plato, The Euthyphro  

Plato, The Meno  

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Week 2

Plato, Republic, Books I-IV  

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Week 3

Plato, Republic, Books VII & VIII  

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Week 4

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books I & II  

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Week 5

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, III: 1-5, 10-12; VI: 1-7, 12, 13; X: 6-8  

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Week 6

Rene Descartes, Meditations, 1-3  

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Week 7

Rene Descartes, Meditations, 4-6  

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Week 8

George Berkeley, Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous  

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Weeks 9 & 10

David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1-5, 7, 12  


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Additional resources


Michael Morgan, Classics of Moral and Political Theory


Julia Annas, An introduction to Plato's Republic ISBN: 0198274289

Plato's Republic: critical essays, ed. Richard Kraut 

Plato's Republic: a critical guide, ed. Mark L. McPherran

The Cambridge companion to Plato's Republic, ed. G. R. F. Ferrari

The Blackwell guide to Plato's Republic, ed. Gerasimos Santas

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) entry on Plato

SEP entry on Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic

SEP entry on Callicles and Thrasymachus


Gerald J. Hughes, Routledge philosophy guidebook to Aristotle on ethics

The Blackwell guide to Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics, ed. Richard Kraut

The Cambridge Companion to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, ed. Ronald Polansky

SEP entry on Aristotle's Ethics


Bernard Williams, Descartes: the project of pure enquiry

Gary Hatfield, Routledge philosophy guidebook to Descartes and the Meditations

Kurt Brandhorst, Descartes' Meditations on first philosophy: an Edinburgh philosophical guide

The Blackwell guide to Descartes' meditations, ed. Stephen Gaukroger

The Cambridge companion to Descartes, ed. John Cottingham

SEP entry on Descartes' Epistemology

SEP entry on Descartes' Ontological Argument


Aaron Garrett, Berkeley’s Three dialogues: a reader’s guide

Talia Mae Bettcher, Berkeley: a guide for the perplexed

The Cambridge companion to Berkeley, ed. Kenneth P. Winkler

SEP entry on Berkeley


Alan Bailey & Daniel O’Brien, Hume’s enquiry concerning human understanding: reader’s guide

Barry Stroud, Hume

The Cambridge companion to Hume, ed. David Fate Norton & Jacqueline Taylor

Helen Beebee, Hume on causation

Harold W. Noonan, Routledge philosophy guidebook to Hume on knowledge

SEP entry on Hume

This list was last updated on 25/09/2017