The following works should be familiar to graduate students offering political theory as their major or minor. The list indicates the range of preparation needed for the comprehensive examination. Masters students should pay special attention to works preceded by asterisks. Doctoral students are expected to have a more advanced and in-depth grasp of included materials. Revised September 2020

Classical, Christian and Modern Primary Works

Plato

*Republic

Apology

Crito

*Laws

*Gorgias

Aristotle

*Politics

*Nicomachean Ethics

Cicero

On Duties

Augustine

*City of God (Selections)

Poltical Writings

Aquinas

*Summa (selections, esp. Treatise on Law")

Political Writings (ed. Henry Paolucci)

Thomas More

Utopia

Dante

On Monarchy

Nicholas of Cusa

On Catholic Concordance

Machiavelli

*Prince

Discourses

Hobbes

*Leviathan

Locke

*Two Treatises on Government

*Letter Concerning Toleration

Rousseau

*First and Second Discourses

*Social Contract

Burke

*Reflections on the Revolution in France

Kant

*Foundation of the Metaphysics of Morals

Montesquieu

*Spriit of the Laws (selections)

Adam Smith

*Wealth of Nations

Hegel

*Philosophy of Right

J.S. Mill

*On Liberty

Utilitarianism

DeTocqueville

*Democracy in America

Max Stirner

The Ego and Its Own

Marx and Engels

*A Marx-Engels Reader (ed. Robert Tucker) (selections)

Max Weber

*The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

"Science as a Vocation"

"Politics as a Vocation"

Freud

Civilization and its Discontents

Publius

*Federalist Papers

Thomas Jefferson

Life and Selected Writings (eds. Koch and Peden) (selections)

John Calhoun

*Disquistion on Government

Niezsche

*Birth of Tragedy

The Use and Abuse of Histroy

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Other Works

Adorno & Horkheimer Dialectic of Englightenment
Arendt Human Condition

*Origins of Totalitarianism (selections)

Irving Babbitt

*Democracy and Leadership

Rosseau and Romanticism

Isaiah Berlin

*Four Essays on Liberty

Ernst Cassirer

An Essay on Man

Benedetto Croce

Politics and Morals

Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex

John Dewey

The Public and Its Problems

A.P. D'Entrèves

The Medieval Contribution to Political Thought (selections)

Michel Foucault

Language, Countermemory, Practice

Jurgen Habermas

Philosophical Discourse of Modernity

John Hallowell

Moral Foundation of Democracy

Friedrich Hayek

*Road the Serfdom

Russell Kirk

*Conservative Mind

Forrest MacDonald

Novus Ordo Seclorum

Alasdair MacIntyre

*After Virtue

Jacques Maritain

Man and the State

Charles McIlwain

*Constitutionalism Ancient and Modern

Robert Nisbet

*Quest for Community

Michael Oakeshott

On Human Conduct

John Rawls

Theory of Justice

Wilhelm Roepke

*A Human Economy

Heinrich Rommen

The State in Catholic Political Thought

Claes Ryn

*Democracy and the Ethical Life

Will, Imagination, and Reason

*A Common Human Ground

George Sabine

History of Political Philosophy

Yves Simon

Philosophy of Democratic Government

Quentin Skinner

Foundations of Modern Political Thought (2 vols.)

Leo Strauss

*Natural Right and History

Charles Taylor

Sources of the Self

Brian Tierney

The Idea of Natural Rights

Eric Voegelin

*Order and History (selections, Voegelin Reader)

*The New Science of Politics

History of Political Science (8 vols.) (selections)

David Walsh

After Ideology

The Growth of the Liberal Soul

*The Modern Philosophical Revolution

*Politics of the Person as the Politics of Being

Gerard Yates, ed.

Papal Thought on the State