Horace Greeley Debate Team
Recommended Philosophy Reading List

For Novices, but also for everyone (in order)
1) John Locke - Second Treatise on Government
2) The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
3) Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Social Contract
4) John Stuart Mill - On Liberty and Utilitarianism
5) Fareed Zakaria - The Future of Freedom
6) Plato - The Republic
7) George Orwell - 1984
8) Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
9) John Rawls - A Theory Of Justice
10) Aristotle - Nicomachean Ethics
11) Thomas L. Friedman - The Lexus and the Olive Tree
12) Immanuel Kant - Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals and A Critique of Pure Reason - if you are bold enough to have the time and the energy to stomach him

Why does this list exist?  While Googling for a particular person's philosophy can be a good way to get a general background of their ideas, it is always best to read the person first and then see what other people say.  The cardinal rule here is never, never, NEVER argue anything you don't understand - and there's no better way to understand a philosophy than to wade through it first and discuss later.  So go read!
If you'd like to see a good film that relates to the 2005 'old' January-February topic (strict separation of church and state), I also highly recommend the black-and-white classic "Inherit the Wind." 

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