These are the books I struggled my independent way through while I traveled on the Watson Fellowship. Upon revisiting and reflecting, I’m deeply ashamed of how naive I was, and how bad my writing on these topics were. I will not, at this point, remove the few things I’ve written, however, because I find them to be a good reminder of where I have come from, how I have grown as a philosopher and a scholar. Hopefully no one decides to actually go back and read them. Maybe if/when I go on the job market things will change.

Aristotle: Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics

Epicurus: The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia (Hackett)

Marcus Aurelius: Meditations

Lucretius: De rerum natura

Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy

Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince

Thomas Hobbes: Leviathon

Baruch Spinoza: Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

John Locke: Political Writings

Adam Smith: The Theory of Moral Sentiments

G.W. Leibniz:  Principles of Nature and Grace Based on Reason, Monadology

Denis Diderot: Jacques the Fatalist

David Hume: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Immanuel Kant: Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals

Søren Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling, Works of Love

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: The Idiot

Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Human, All to Human

Henry David Thoreau: Walden

Karl Marx: Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus

Bertrand Russell: On DenotingMortals and Others 

Vonnegut: The Sirens of Titan

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