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    Reading Homework: Spring 2021 (Great Books Reading Passages)pdf   Homework Biographies/Questions

    Hobbes vs. Locke Excerpts

    Week 2

    Tuesday, January 19

    35.

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

    Chapter 1: "The Sound of the Shell: Leadership Selection"-9 pages

    Week 3

    Monday, January 25

    38.

    The Federalist Papers #10 by James Madison (November 23, 1787) The Union as Safeguard Against Domestic Faction & Insurrection-4 pages

    40.

    Brutus 1 by Melancton Smith, Robert Yates or perhaps John Williams (October 18, 1787) Criticism of the new constitution under consideration-8 pages

    Week 4

    Monday, February 1

    39.

    The Federalist Papers #51 by James Madison or Alexander Hamilton (February 8, 1788) The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments-3 pages

    1.

    Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1835, 1840)

    Book I, Chapter VI: Judicial Power in the United States-5 pages

    Week 5

    Monday, February 8

    10.

    Excerpts from The Federalist Papers #70 by Alexander Hamilton (March 15, 1788)

    The Executive Department Further Considered-3 pages

    11.

    Excerpts from The Federalist Papers #78 by Alexander Hamilton (May 28, 1788)

    The Judiciary Department-3 pages

    Week 6

    Monday, February 22

    18.

    The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine (1791)-2 pages

    34.

    The Spirit of the Law by The Baron de Montesquieu (1748)

    Book XI, Chapter 6 "discussing the three branches"-2 pages

    Week 7

    Monday, March 1

    30.

    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (161 to 180 AD)

    Book II, sections 1, & 11-17-"opposition and cooperation", "life, death and nature"

    Book III, sections 2, & 6-7, "nature and beauty", "priorities"-3 pages

    31.

    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (161 to 180 AD)

    Book IV, sections 3, & 43-49-"the inward retreat", "strength and toughness"

    Book V, sections 1, 9, & 17-28, "your work, dealing with failure", "ignorance and overcoming it"-4 pages

    Week 8

    Monday, March 8

    19.

    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (1513)

    Chapters 1 and 6: HOW MANY KINDS OF PRINCIPALITIES THERE ARE, AND BY WHAT MEANS THEY ARE ACQUIRED, & CONCERNING NEW PRINCIPALITIES WHICH ARE ACQUIRED BY ONE'S OWN ARMS AND ABILITY-2 pages

    20.

    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (1513)

    Chapters 15, 16, and 17: CONCERNING THINGS FOR WHICH MEN, AND ESPECIALLY PRINCES, ARE PRAISED OR BLAMED, CONCERNING LIBERALITY AND MEANNESS, & CONCERNING CRUELTY AND CLEMENCY, AND WHETHER IT IS BETTER TO BE LOVED THAN FEARED-4 pages

    Week 9

    Monday, March 15

     

    21.

    The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (1513)

    Chapters 18, & 22: CONCERNING THE WAY IN WHICH PRINCES SHOULD KEEP FAITH , & CONCERNING THE SECRETARIES OF PRINCES-4 pages

     

     

     

     

    Week 10

    Monday, March 22

    12.

    The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762)

    Chapters 1, 2, and 3: Subject of the First Book, The First Societies, The Rights of the Strongest-3 pages

    Week 11

    Monday, March 29

    22.

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu (5th century BCE)

    Chapters 1 & 3: Calculations and Planning Attacks-3 pages

    Week 12

    Monday, April 12

    23.

    The Art of War by Sun Tzu (5th century BCE)

    Chapters 6 & 10: Weaknesses and Strength, & Ground Formations 4 pages

    Week 13

    Monday, April 19

    42.

    Human Action by Ludwig von Mises (1949)

    The Crisis of Interventionism & Harmony and Conflict of Interests-3 pages

    Week 14

    Monday, April 26

    36.

    The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek (1944)

    The Reader’s Digest condensed version of The Road to Serfdom: Planning and Power, Background to Danger, The liberal way of planning, The Great Utopia-3 pages

    37.

    Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton Friedman (1980)

    Chapter 2: The Tyranny of Controls-2 pages

    Week 15

    Monday, May 3

    15.

    The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes (1936)

    Chapter 1, and Chapter 10-Section VI: The General Theory and Government Spending-2 pages

    4.

    The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848)

    Chapter 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians-8 pages

    Week 16

    Monday, May 10

    25.

    Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

    Chapters 3 and 10: Leadership of Pigs-9 pages