An introduction to the major types of philosophical thought and the central problems of philosophy (e.g., human nature, political philosophy, the nature of morality, philosophy of religion) as presented through classical and contemporary reading selections.

3 credit hours


Spring 2019 Syllabus


Defense of Belief Assignment  
Nietzsche Assignment: Death of God Nietzsche Assignment: Ubermensch
Marx Assignment  
Feminism Assignment  
Critical Race Theory Assignment  

Guidelines for Final Book Review        Find the pre-approved books fast and easy with this helpful libguide!


Power Point: Nietzsche

Power Point: Marx

Power Point: Feminism        Power Point: Body Image    

Terry Eagleton's essay "In Praise of Marx"                                   Michael Schuman's essay "Marx's Revenge"


Recommended Reading: Philosophy and Philosophizing

Enrique Dussel Philosophy of Liberation 1980
David Ingram Critical Theory and Philosophy 1990
Gary E. Kessler, ed. Voices of Wisdom 1992, 2013
Roger S. Gottlieb, ed. Radical Philosophy 1993
Paul K. Moser & Dwayne Mulder, eds. Contemporary Approaches to Philosophy 1994
Naomi Zack et al, eds. Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality 1998
Robert C. Solomon The Joy of Philosophy 2003
Phil Washburn, ed. The Many Faces of Wisdom 2003
Lisa Heldke & Peg O'Connor, eds. Oppression, Privilege and Resistance 2004
George Yancy, ed. Philosophy in Multiple Voices 2007
Astra Taylor, ed. Examined Life 2009

Recommended Reading: Nietzsche and His Influence

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts 1750
George Gordon, Lord Byron Manfred 1817
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Conduct of Life 1870
Friedrich Nietzsche The Birth of Tragedy 1872, 1886
Paul Re The Origin of the Moral Sensations 1877
Friedrich Nietzsche Human, All-too-Human 1878-80
Friedrich Nietzsche Daybreak 1881
Friedrich Nietzsche The Gay Science 1883-7
Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil 1886
Friedrich Nietzsche On the Genealogy of Morals 1887
Friedrich Nietzsche Twilight of the Idols 1888
Friedrich Nietzsche The Antichrist 1895
Friedrich Nietzsche Ecce Homo 1908
Walter Kaufmann Nietzsche 1950, 1974
Arthur C. Danto Nietzsche and Philosophy 1965
R. J. Hollingdale Nietzsche, the Man and His Philosophy 1965, 1999
Bernd Magnus Nietzsche's Existential Imperative 1978
Friedrich Nietzsche Philosophy and Truth 1979
Michel Foucault The Foucault Reader 1984
Alexander Nehamas Nietzsche: Life as Literature 1985
Maudemarie Clark Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy 1990
Richard Schacht, ed. Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality 1994
Bernd Magnus & Kathleen Higgins, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche 1996
Robert C. Solomon & Kathleen Higgins What Nietzsche Really Said 2000
Robert C. Solomon Living with Nietzsche 2003
Keith J. Ansell-Pearson How to Read Nietzsche 2005
Bernard Reginster The Affirmation of Life 2008

Recommended Reading: Existentialism

Sren Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling 1843
Sren Kierkegaard The Concept of Dread 1844
Sren Kierkegaard The Sickness Unto Death 1849
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis 1925
Franz Kafka The Trial 1925
Jos Ortega y Gasset The Revolt of the Masses 1930
Erich Fromm Escape from Freedom 1941
Jos Ortega y Gasset Toward a Philosophy of History 1941
Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus 1942
Albert Camus The Stranger 1942
Jean-Paul Sartre Being and Nothingness 1943
Jean-Paul Sartre No Exit 1945
Albert Camus The Plague 1947
Simone de Beauvoir The Ethics of Ambiguity 1948
Jean-Paul Sartre Dirty Hands 1948
Paul Tillich The Courage to Be 1952
Walter Kaufmann, ed. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre 1956, 1975
Walter Kaufmann From Shakespeare to Existentialism 1959
Maurice Friedman, ed. The Worlds of Existentialism 1964
Robert C. Solomon From Rationalism to Existentialism 1972
Robert C. Solomon, ed. Phenomenology and Existentialism 1972
Robert C. Solomon, ed. Existentialism 1974, 2005
John Douglas Mullen Kierkegaard's Philosophy 1981
Christina Howells, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Sartre 1992
Merold Westphal Becoming a Self 1996
Alastair Hannay & Gordon D. Marino, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard 1998
Paul S. MacDonald, editor The Existentialist Reader 2000
Charles Guignon & Derk Pereboom, eds. Existentialism 2001
Thomas R. Flynn Existentialism 2006

Recommended Readings: Marxism (and related issues)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Discourse on the Origin of Inequality 1755
Robert Owen Observations on the Effect of the Manufacturing System 1815
Claude-Henri de Saint-Simon The Industrial System 1821
Louis Blanc The Organization of Labor 1839
Karl Marx Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts 1844
Friedrich Engels The Condition of the Working Class in England 1845
Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels The Communist Manifesto 1848
Charles Dickens Hard Times 1853
Karl Marx Capital, vol. 1 1867
Friedrich Engels Socialism: Scientific and Utopian 1880
Georgi Plekhanov Socialism and the Political Struggle 1883
Friedrich Engels Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State 1884
Piotr Kropotkin The Conquest of Bread 1892
Eduard Bernstein Evolutionary Socialism (Ch. 3) 1899
Rosa Luxemburg Reform or Revolution? 1899
Emma Goldman Anarchism and Other Essays 1910
V. I. Lenin Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism 1916
Antonio Gramsci Worker's Democracy 1919
Karl Kautsky Terrorism and Communism 1919
Gyrgy Lukcs History and Class Consciousness 1923
George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London 1933
George Orwell The Road to Wigan Pier 1937
The Socialist International The Aims and Tasks of Democratic Socialism 1951
Michael Harrington The Other America 1962
Albert Fried & Ronald Sanders, eds. Socialist Thought 1964
Herbert Marcuse One-Dimensional Man 1964
Erich Fromm Marx's Concept of Man 1966
Guy Debord The Society of the Spectacle 1967
Julius Nyerere Ujamaa 1968
Jean Baudrillard The Consumer Society 1970
C. B. MacPherson Democratic Theory 1973
G. A. Cohen Karl Marx's Theory of History 1978, 2000
Jeffrey Reiman The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison 1979, 2016
Peter Singer Marx 1980
Allen W. Wood Karl Marx 1981, 2004
Terrell Carver Marx's Social Theory 1982
John Roemer A General Theory of Exploitation and Class 1982
Richard Schmitt Introduction to Marx and Engels 1987, 1997
John Roemer Free to Lose 1988
Roger S. Gottlieb, ed. An Anthology of Western Marxism 1989
Terrell Carver, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Marx 1991
David Schweickart Against Capitalism 1996
G. A. Cohen If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? 2000
Barbara Ehrenreich Nickel and Dimed 2001
David Schweickart After Capitalism 2002, 2011
Beth Shulman The Betrayal of Work 2003
Paul Kivel You Call This a Democracy? 2004
Stephen J. McNamee & Robert K. Miller The Meritocracy Myth 2004, 2014
Simon Tormey Anti-Capitalism 2004, 2013
Jerold L. Waltman The Case for the Living Wage 2004
G. A. Cohen Why Not Socialism? 2009
Terry Eagleton Why Marx Was Right 2011
Tavis Smily & Cornel West The Rich and the Rest of Us 2012
Richard D. Wolff Democracy at Work 2012
Slavoj iek Trouble in Paradise 2014
Wendy Brown Undoing the Demos 2015
Terrell Carver Marx 2018

Recommended Readings: Feminism

Mary Wollstonecraft A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1792
Harriet Taylor (with John Stuart Mill) The Enfranchisement of Women 1851, 1970
John Stuart Mill The Subjection of Women 1869
Friedrich Engels The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State 1884
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Women and Economics 1898
Kate Chopin The Awakening 1899
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Herland 1915
Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own 1929
Simone de Beauvoir Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome 1959
Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique 1963
Kate Millett Sexual Politics 1969, 1990
Shulamith Firestone The Dialectic of Sex 1971
Germaine Greer The Female Eunuch 1971
Mary Daly Beyond God the Father 1973
Rosemary Radford Ruether Religion and Sexism 1974
Susan Brownmiller Against Our Will 1975
Luce Irigaray This Sex Which Is Not One 1977
Mary Daly Gyn/Ecology 1978
Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English For Her Own Good 1979
bell hooks Ain't I a Woman 1981
Carol Gilligan In a Different Voice 1982
Marilyn Frye The Politics of Reality 1983
bell hooks Feminist Theory 1984
Evelyn Fox Keller Reflections on Gender and Science 1985
Christine Overall Ethics and Human Reproduction 1987
Carol Pateman The Sexual Contract 1988
Judith Butler Gender Trouble 1989
Nancy Fraser Unruly Practices 1989
Arlie Hochschild & Anne Machung The Second Shift 1989
John Stoltenberg Refusing to Be a Man 1989
Sandra Lee Bartky Femininity and Domination 1990
Susan Faludi Backlash 1991
Naomi Wolf The Beauty Myth 1991
Marilyn French The War Against Women 1992
Susan Bordo Unbearable Weight 1993
Naomi Wolf Fire with Fire 1993
Larry May & Robert Strikwerda, eds. Rethinking Masculinity 1996
Iris Marion Young Intersecting Voices 1997
Susan Moller Okin et al Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? 1999
Diana T. Meyers Gender in the Mirror 2002
Iris Marion Young On Female Body Experience 2005
Naomi Zack Inclusive Feminism 2005
Sarah Song Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism 2007
Alison Bailey & Chris Cuomo, eds. The Feminist Philosophy Reader 2008
Jessica Valenti He's a Stud, She's a Slut and 49 Other Double-Standards Every Woman Should Know 2008
Jessica Valenti The Purity Myth 2009
Georgia Warnke Debating Sex and Gender 2011

Recommended Readings: Queer Theory

Michel Foucault A History of Sexuality, v.1 1976
John Boswell Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality 1980
Jeanette Winterson Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 1985
Sarah Lucia Hoagland Lesbian Ethics 1988
Richard D. Mohr Gays/Justice 1988
Suzanne Pharr Homophobia 1988
Michael Ruse Homosexuality 1988
Judith Butler Gender Trouble 1989
Martin Duberman et al, eds. Hidden from History 1989
David M. Halperin One Hundred Years of Homosexuality 1990
Thomas Laqueuer Making Sex 1990
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Epistemology of the Closet 1990
Diana Fuss, ed. Inside/Out 1991
Leslie Feinberg Transgender Liberation 1992
Richard D. Mohr Gay Ideas 1992
Monique Wittig The Straight Mind and Other Essays 1992
Henry Abelove et al, eds. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader 1993
Judith Butler Bodies that Matter 1993
Kate Bornstein Gender Outlaw 1994
John Boswell Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe 1994
Pat Califia Public Sex 1994, 2000
Richard D. Mohr A More Perfect Union 1994
Timothy F. Murphy, ed. Gay Ethics 1994
David M. Halperin Saint Foucault 1995
Beth A. Firestein, ed. Bisexuality 1996
Annamarie Jagose Queer Theory 1996
Pat Califia Sex Changes 1997, 2003
John Corvino, ed. Same Sex 1997
Dylan Scholinski The Last Time I Wore a Dress 1997
Didier Eribon Insult and the Making of the Gay Self 1999
Michael Warner The Trouble with Normal 1999
Cheshire Calhoun Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet 2000
Anne Fausto-Sterling Sexing the Body 2000
Pat Califia Speaking Sex to Power 2002
David M. Halperin How to Do the History of Homosexuality 2002
Nikki Sullivan A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory 2003
Riki Wilchins Queer Theory, Gender Theory 2004
Richard D. Mohr The Long Arc of Justice 2005
Jonathan Rauch Gay Marriage 2005
David G. Myers & Letha Dawson Scanzoni What God Has Joined Together? 2006
William S. Wilkerson Ambiguity and Sexuality 2007
Julia Serano Whipping Girl 2008
Laurie J. Shrage, ed. "You've Changed" 2009
Martha C. Nussbaum From Disgust to Humanity 2010

Recommended Readings: Critical Race Theory

W. E. B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk 1903
Carter G. Woodson The Mis-Education of the Negro 1922
Ralph Ellison Invisible Man 1952
Frantz Fanon Black Skin, White Masks 1952
James Baldwin Notes of a Native Son 1955
Aim Csaire Discourse on Colonialism 1955
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart 1959
Chinua Achebe No Longer at Ease 1960
Frantz Fanon The Wretched of the Earth 1961
James Baldwin The Fire Next Time 1962
Stokely Carmichael & Charles V. Hamilton Black Power 1967
James H. Cone A Black Theology of Liberation 1970
William R. Jones Is God a White Racist? 1973, 1998
James H. Cone God of the Oppressed 1975
Stephen Jay Gould The Mismeasure of Man 1981, 1996
bell hooks Ain't I a Woman 1981
Reginald Horsman Race and Manifest Destiny 1981
Michael Omi & Howard Winant Racial Formation in the United States 1986, 1994
Gloria Anzalda Borderlands/La Frontera 1987, 1999
Patricia Hill Collins Black Feminist Thought 1990
Iris Marion Young Justice and the Politics of Difference 1990
Bernard R. Boxill Blacks and Social Justice 1992
Andrew Hacker Two Nations 1992
David E. Stannard American Holocaust 1992
Ruth Frankenberg The Social Construction of Whiteness 1993
Edward W. Said Culture and Imperialism 1993
Cornel West Race Matters 1993
Amy Gutmann, ed. Multiculturalism 1994
Enrique Dussel The Invention of the Americas 1995
Lewis R. Gordon Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism 1995
bell hooks Killing Rage 1995
Michael Eric Dyson Race Rules 1996
Paul Kivel Uprooting Racism 1996, 2002
Charles W. Mills The Racial Contract 1997
Ward Churchill A Little Matter of Genocide 1998
Charles W. Mills Blackness Visible 1998
Naomi Zack Thinking about Race 1998, 2006
David Ingram Group Rights 2000
Tommy L. Lott & Robert Bernasconi, eds. The Idea of Race 2000
Lawrence Blum "I'm Not a Racist, But..." 2002
Carol Swain The New White Nationalism in America 2002
Linda Alcoff & Eduardo Mendieta, eds. Identities 2003
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Racism without Racists 2003, 2010
Maria Lugones Pilgrimages 2003
David Ingram Rights, Democracy, and Fulfillment in the Era of Identity Politics 2004
Michael Eric Dyson Is Bill Cosby Right? (Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?) 2005
George Yancy, ed. White on White, Black on Black 2005
Linda Martn Alcoff Visible Identities 2006
Linda Martin Alcoff et al, eds. Identity Politics Reconsidered 2006
Barbara Trepagnier Silent Racism 2006
Tommie Shelby We Who Are Dark 2007
George Yancy Black Bodies, White Gazes 2008
Tim Wise Dear White America 2012
Michael Eric Dyson Tears We Cannot Stop 2017

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