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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."