Intro Phil

Essay Resources and Topics
This list of resources is intended for use and guidance for the essay you will write in Lesson 2 of this class.  See the lesson 2 folder for more directions on the essay assignment.

These names and articles listed are included for research purposes. Articles can be reviewed or downloaded from Wikipedia ( and other public domain sources. Articles not designated as from Wikipediacan be found at Gutenberg Project (, a source for e-books of historical and cultural significance.

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Aquinas, Thomas

Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae)
Summa Theologica, Part I (Prima Pars) From the Complete American Edition

Descartes, Rene

Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences


Golden Sayings of Epictetus (main page)
Selected Discourses of Epcitetus (main page)

Heidegger, Martin
Hume, David

A Treatise of Human Nature

James, William

Lectures of (A Pluralistic Universe)

Kant, Immanuel

Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals (main page)

Kierkegaard, Soren
Locke, John

An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, Volume 1 MDCXC, Based on the 2nd Edition, Books 1 and 2
An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, Volume 2 MDCXC, Based on the 2nd Edition, Books 3 and 4
Second Treatise of Government

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius’s The Meditations

Marx, Karl

Communist Manifesto
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Mill, John Stuart

The Subjugation of Women (About on wikipedia)
The Contest in America

Nietzsche, Friedrich
Plato: Biography, Works, Metaphysics’s, Epistemology, etc.

Plato’s Seventh Letter
Protagoras (Plato) Discussion of the work at Wikipedia
Sophist (Plato) Discussion of the work at Wikipedia
Theaetus (Plato) Discussion of the work at Wikipedia

Pre-socatic Philosophy
Wittgenstein, Ludwig:
Additional information:

Write a three to four page (750 -1000 words) essay. Pick an article from the list at Essay Resources on the course menu.  Find a scholarly article that has been written by one of the philosophers being studied throughout this course. You may use the Internet to download articles.  If you have any questions, be sure to ask your instructor. 

If you cannot find an article that you want to write about, ask your instructor for permission to choose another topic.
Choosing a quote page is not acceptable. (A quote page is a list of quotes from a particular philosopher.)
Some of these articles are quite lengthy. You may read first approximately 700 to a 1000 words of your chosen article and write about the portion you read.
Summarize what you read and then write your own reflections. Consider the following: What have you learned in this class? Have your perspectives or ways of thinking changed or clarified? How do you feel about the article you read? How does it pertain to your life?
Be sure to cite your source.

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