Common Intellectual Experience

All Majors & Minors

What You Will Read - Fall

Fall Semester (list of texts with edition information)
Ta-Nehisi Coates - Between the World and Me

TA-NEHISI COATES - Between the World and Me
A letter from father to son: “I would not have you descend into your own dream.”

PLATO - Allegory of the Cave
My eyes burn and people try to kill me! Daring escapes from the dungeon of complacency.
Satrapi and Paronnaud - Persepolis
SATRAPI and PARONNAUD - Persepolis

Graphic novel becomes animated film – Coming of age when everything is falling apart.


A woman driven to mayhem and murder—who’s to blame?

SAPPHO - Poems

Exquisite fragments
of eros
and death

PLATO - Euthyphro

If you think you know what the gods want from you, think again. 

KONGZI and MENGZI - Selected Works
What Confucius really said. And meant to say.
The Book of Job
Challenging God to a debate. And losing. And winning.
  Mahatma Gandhi seen in the United Kingdom, in December 1932.
The Bhagavad-Gita

But isn’t desiring not to desire a kind of desire?  And other paradoxes.

GANDHI - Selected Works
“The world is weary of hate”


 MONTAIGNE - Of Cannibals 
The armchair essayist asks: Who’s barbarous, really?

GALILEO - Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Boldly going where no one has dared to go—where faith and mathematics collide.

Descartes - Discourse on the Method  
DESCARTES - Discourse on the Method

To do list:
1. Reject everything I’ve ever learned.
2. Invent modernity.