St. John's Seminar Reading List Part III - Junior Year

A Listmania! list by Timothy Davis (Miledgeville, Illinois; United States of America)
The list author says: "This is the third installment of my list of seminar readings for St. John's College. I search for the best (most literal, durable, economical) editions possible. If you find better ones, please let me know!

This list has been updated for the Santa Fe Class of 2015. Source is the reading list on the St. John's College website, http://www.stjohnscollege.edu/academic/SFreadlist.shtml"
Don Quixote
1.  Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
The list author says:
  "What a way to ignite Junior Year! Literal translations of Don Quixote are problematic to find, and this is no exception (the translator pisses on such an idea). If you find a better one, let me know! It's not Plato so it probably isn't the end of the world though."
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Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy, 4th Ed.
2.  Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy, 4th Ed. by Rene Descartes
The list author says:
  "This edition contains the Discourse on Method and Meditations. The translations are suitable, though likely not terribly accurate."
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Pensees (Penguin Classics)
3.  Pensees (Penguin Classics) by Blaise Pascal
The list author says:
  "Krailsheimer's translation of the Pensees is excellent, and this edition is cheap. Also recommended is the Dover edition, which includes a great introduction by T.S. Eliot."
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Paradise Lost (Norton Critical Editions)
4.  Paradise Lost (Norton Critical Editions) by John Milton
The list author says:
  "Add Milton to the list of epic writers, whose tradition began with Homer. Being in English, there are many cheap editions, but Norton is reliable (though slightly expensive) and authoritative."
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Leviathan: With selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668 (Hackett Classics)
5.  Leviathan: With selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668 (Hackett Classics) by Thomas Hobbes
The list author says:
  "Another realist political scientist. Hobbes writes in much the same tradition as Machiavelli - neither idealistic nor awash with warm fuzzy 'niceness' politics.

The Hackett is the best edition of the Leviathan I can possibly find."
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Theologico-Political Treatise (Focus Philosophical Library)
6.  Theologico-Political Treatise (Focus Philosophical Library) by Benedictus de Spinoza
The list author says:
  "Spinoza is the first modern-sounding political scientist we have yet read. His business is to undermine the potentially dangerous traditional Judeo-Christian religion in order to secure safety and liberty for the people.

The Focus label is worthy of trust in every respect."
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Theological-Political Treatise (Hackett Classics)
7.  Theological-Political Treatise (Hackett Classics) by Benedictus de Spinoza
The list author says:
  "The Hackett edition is also excellent, with fine layout, suitable translation, and fabulous introduction. It is also a fifth of the price."
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Second Treatise of Government (Hackett Classics)
8.  Second Treatise of Government (Hackett Classics) by John Locke
The list author says:
  "The Hackett text is good and cheap (don't you love English authors that way?). Enjoy more political science - Junior year is full of it.

I hate Locke."
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The Basic Political Writings
9.  The Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The list author says:
  "The Hackett Rousseau is quite serviceable - functional (though not tremendously literal), durable, and useful. Add his Emile (the best!) and you possess the core of his political thought.

Enjoy your preceptorials, and prepare to reconvene in January!"
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Gulliver's Travels (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
10.  Gulliver's Travels (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) by Jonathan Swift
The list author says:
  "Welcome to the second semester! This is probably the best edition of Swift's tale you can buy. The original spelling has been retained and the binding is fabulous. For all works in English, the Everyman library editions are superlative."
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Leibniz: Philosophical Essays (Hackett Classics)
11.  Leibniz: Philosophical Essays (Hackett Classics) by Freiherr von Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
The list author says:
  "Leibniz is one of the more obscure Enlightenment thinkers, so this translation is probably of B quality. I don't read German so here I take the recommendation of the tutors and the availability of the edition. But what's with philosophers with 'L' names and B-grade writings? Lucretius, Locke, and now Leibniz. Ugh. Shh. I didn't say that."
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A Treatise of Human Nature (Oxford Philosophical Texts)
12.  A Treatise of Human Nature (Oxford Philosophical Texts) by David Hume
The list author says:
  "I liked Hume much better than Leibniz. This edition is fabulous, with numbered paragraphs, extensive annotation, etc. The editions matter little, since Hume was English, but this is the best."
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An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals (Oxford Philosophical Texts)
13.  An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals (Oxford Philosophical Texts) by Tom L. Beauchamp
The list author says:
  "One can hardly expect the Oxford University Press to mishandle the greatest British empiricist. This edition is great."
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Critique of Pure Reason, Second Edition
14.  Critique of Pure Reason, Second Edition by Immanuel Kant
The list author says:
  "It is time to meet the dwarf giant head on. The Critique is a response to the skepticism of David Hume, claiming to be a mean between empiricism and rationalism.

The Norman Kemp Smith translation is great; he translates Kant accurately into the language of Hume, and the edition is VERY sturdy.

The Hackett and Oxford editions are also fantastic."
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William Wordsworth: The Pedlar, Tintern Abbey, the Two-Part Prelude (Poems)
15.  William Wordsworth: The Pedlar, Tintern Abbey, the Two-Part Prelude (Poems) by William Wordsworth
The list author says:
  "Tintern Abbey is a pretty poem. Wordsworth buffs will wish to look elsewhere, but this edition is filthy cheap and the poem is in English. Have a good Spring Break."
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Emma (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
16.  Emma (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) by Jane Austen
The list author says:
  "Austen is an incredible woman and ridiculously smart. Everyman editions are of the very highest quality. Now buy Pride and Prejudice, which is better, and on rotation with this one."
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Pride and Prejudice (Everyman's Library)
17.  Pride and Prejudice (Everyman's Library) by Ian Edginton
The list author says:
  "Welcome back, and welcome to the first woman we read in Seminar. And what a woman! Austen is AWESOME and ridiculously smart. I hated this book till seminar and now I love it.

As always, English Everyman Library editions are best, and this one is also filthy cheap."
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Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals
18.  Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant
The list author says:
  "Prepare thyself for the craziest moral treatise ever written. It's hard to conceive that anyone actually believes this.

Be that as it may, this edition (though rather expensive) is quite accurate."
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Don Giovanni (Dover Opera Libretto Series) (Italian and English Edition)
19.  Don Giovanni (Dover Opera Libretto Series) (Italian and English Edition) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The list author says:
  "'Reading' musical works in seminar is always weird, and this is no exception. I love Don Giovanni very, very much, of course, but no matter. Roll with it and enjoy hearing this beautiful opera."
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The Wealth of Nations (Modern Library Classics)
20.  The Wealth of Nations (Modern Library Classics) by Adam Smith
The list author says:
  "Enter the first economist. I would prefer to read Menger, but Smith will do fine. This edition is inferior to that of the Liberty Fund, but that edition is in two volumes and more expensive. But if you love economics and Smith, go for it, for Liberty Fund editions are the best."
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The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)
21.  The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The list author says:
  "Ugh. I don't care for this book at all. But hey, we can't all have our way, and loads of others think it's great.

The Norton text is what you have come to expect for works written in English."
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The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America
22.  The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America by Roger Pilon
The list author says:
  "If you want a hard copy that isn't Internet paper, this edition will serve. It includes the Declaration, Constitution, and all Amendments. Plus, it's really cheap. (figures)

Welcome to the regime founded on the squalor of self-interest!"
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The Federalist (Hackett Classics)
23.  The Federalist (Hackett Classics) by John Jay
The list author says:
  "Welcome to American political thought! This edition is fantastic. One wishes the Anti-Federalist Papers were included in the readings (and maybe some Strauss on the side, heheh), but we'll take what we can get. You should already have copies of the Declaration and Constituion, and if not, printing them is free."
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain Library)
24.  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain Library) by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "Hmm...for the third time we close on an island? I wonder if there's something to that.

Who cares! Enjoy Dead Week and Huck Finn, one of the best banned books in the United States! (people don't like the word 'nigger')

Congratulations, Juniors! I'll see you in August, with War and Peace under your arm."
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