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A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers

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The most successful reader of its kind, A World of Ideas is ideal for composition instructors who want to introduce their students to some of the world's most important thinkers and their ideas: for example, Niccoló Machiavelli on government, Sigmund Freud on the mind, and Virginia Woolf on feminism. Because students perceive writers such as these as serious and important, they take the writing course more seriously: they learn to read more attentively, think more critically, and write more effectively. But more important, this may be a student's only opportunity to encounter these thinkers. No other composition reader offers a comparable collection of important readings along with the supportive apparatus students need to understand, analyze, and respond to them.

About the Author

LEE A. JACOBUS is professor of English at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of popular English textbooks, among them The Bedford Introduction to Drama, Fifth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005); The Longman Anthology of American Drama; and Literature: An Introduction to Critical Reading. He has written scholarly books on Paradise Lost, on the works of John Cleveland, and on the works of Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and the Dialectic of Certainty. He is also a playwright; two of his plays — Fair Warning and Long Division — were produced in New York by the American Theater of Actors.

Table of Contents

  Preface

    

  *To the Student

    

  Evaluating Ideas: An Introduction to Critical Reading

    

PART I. GOVERNMENT

   *Introductory Quotations: Confucius, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Moliére, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Disraeli, Ayn Rand

    Lao-tzu, Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching

    Niccolò Machiavelli, The Qualities of the Prince

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Origin of Civil Society

    Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

      *Seeing Connections: Jefferson on the $2 bill

   *Hannah Arendt, Total Domination

   *Stephen L. Carter, Separation of Church and State

    

PART II. JUSTICE

   *Introductory Quotations: Hammurabi, Aeschylus, Anselm of Canterbury, Voltaire, Frederick Douglass, Michel Foucault

   *Marcus Tullius Cicero, The Defense of Injustice

    Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

    Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

      *Seeing Connections: King in jail

   *John Rawls, A Theory of Justice

   *Martha C. Nussbaum, The Central Human Functional Capabilities

    

PART III. EDUCATION

   *Introductory Quotations: Horace, Muhammad, Galileo Galilei, Samuel Johnson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Erich Fromm

   *Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Of the Education of Children

   *Ralph Waldo Emerson, On Education

    Frederick Douglass, From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

      *Seeing Connections: Douglass in his library

   *Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method

   *John Dewey, Thinking in Education

   *Paulo Freire, The Banking Concept of Education as an Instrument of Oppression

    

PART IV. WEALTH AND POVERTY

   *Introductory Quotations: Plato, Seneca, Desiderius Erasmus, Denis Diderot, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, S.I. Hayakawa

    Adam Smith, Of the Natural Progress of Opulence

    Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

      *Seeing Connections: Marx caricatured as god of Communism

   *John Maynard Keynes, The Social Consequences of Changes in the Value of Money

    John Kenneth Galbraith, The Position of Poverty

    Robert B. Reich, Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer

    

PART V. MIND

   *Introductory Quotations: Siddhartha Gautama, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Locke,Charles Darwin, Sherry Turkle

    Plato, Allegory of the Cave

   *René Descartes, Discourse Four

   *Sigmund Freud, The Oedipus Complex

      *Seeing Connections: Freud in his Vienna office

    Carl Jung, The Personal and Collective Unconscious

   *Melanie Klein, The Psychological Principles of Infant Analysis

    Howard Gardner, A Rounded Version: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

    

PART VI. NATURE

   *Introductory Quotations: Pythagoras, Thomas Hobbes, Alexander Pope, William Blake, William James, Camille Paglia

    Francis Bacon, The Four Idols

    Charles Darwin, Natural Selection

      *Seeing Connections: Darwin caricatured as a monkey

   *Rachel Carson, The Sunless Sea

    Stephen Jay Gould, Nonmoral Nature

    Michio Kaku, The Mystery of Dark Matter

    

PART VII. ETHICS AND MORALITY

   *Introductory Quotations: Socrates, Peter Abelard, Baruch Spinoza, David Hume, Alfred North Whitehead, Simone Weil

   *The Torah, Moses and the Ten Commandments

      *Seeing Connections: Moses delivering the Ten Commandments

   *Aristotle, The Aim of Man

    St. Matthew, The Sermon on the Mount

   *The Koran, The Night Journey

   *Friedrich Nietzsche, Morality as Anti-Nature

   *Iris Murdoch, Religion and Morality

   *His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Ethics of Compassion

    

PART VIII. FEMINISM

   *Introductory Quotations: Aristotle, Mary Astell, Olympe de Gouges, Sojourner Truth, Emma Goldman, Andrea Dworkin

    Mary Wollstonecraft, Pernicious Effects Which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society

    Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare's Sister

      *Seeing Connections: Woolf on Time magazine cover

    Simone de Beauvoir, Woman: Myth and Reality

    Carol Gilligan, Woman's Place in Man's Life Cycle

   *bell hooks, The Significance of Feminist Movement

    

  Writing about Ideas: An Introduction to Rhetoric

    

  Index of Rhetorical Terms

    

   *new to this edition

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312434441
Subtitle:
Essential Readings for College Writers
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Author:
Jacobus, Lee A.
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Edition Number:
7
Edition Description:
Seventh Edition
Publication Date:
20050705
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.00 in

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