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Recommended Readings on Social Problems

In Great Books of the Western World
Republic, Books III-V, X;
Laws, Books II, VII, IX, XI
Ethics, Book V;
Politics, Books I-II, VII-VIII;
Rhetoric, Book II, Ch. 13
The City of God, Book XII, Chs. 13, 17, 20
Leviathan, Part II, Chs. 20, 27-28
Montaigne: Essays,
"Of Age,"
"Of the Affection of Fathers to Their Children,"
'Of Cruelty"
Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay
The Spirit of Laws, Books VI, VII, XVI, XIX, XXIII
A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality;
The Social Contract, Book I, Book II, Ch. 5, Book IV, Ch. 7
The Science of Right, "The Rights of the Family as a Domestic Society," "The Right of Punishing and Pardoning'
American State Papers:
The Declaration of Independence
On Liberty, Ch. 3, "Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-Being";
Utilitarianisin, Ch. 5, "On the Connection Between Justice and Utility"
The Philosophy of Right, Part I, Section IIIc, "Coercion and Crime," Part III, Section I, "The Family";
The Philosophy of History, Introduction
The Origin of Species, Ch. III, "The Struggle for Existence"
Capital, Ch. X, "The Working Day," Ch. XIV, Section 3, Ch. XV, Sections 8-9
Marx and Engels:
The Communist Manifesto
"The Sexual Enlightenment of Children";
"On Narcissism";
General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, Lectures 8, 13, 20, 21;
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Sections VII, X, XII;
New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Lectures 33-34
In Other Works
Aquinas, Thomas:
Summa Contra Gentiles, Book III, Chs. 122-126, 139-145;
Summa Theologica, Part II-II, QQ. 151-154, Part III, Suppl., QQ. 41-68
Bacon, Francis: Essays,
"Of Parents and Children,"
"Of Marriage and Single Life,"
"Of Youth and Age"
Beccaria, Cesare B.:
Crimes and Punishments
Bentham, Jeremy:
The Rationale of Punishment
Buber, Martin:
Between Man and Man, II. "The Question to the Single One"
Bury, John B.:
The Idea of Progress
Chesterfield, Fourth Earl of:
Letters to His Son
Darwin, Charles:
Problems of World Population
Engels, Friedrich:
The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State
Ewing, Alfred C.:
The Morality of Punishment
Freud, Sigmund:
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex
Gardiner, Harold C.:
The Catholic Viewpoint on Censorship
Gerontological Congress:
Old Age in the Modern World
Hauser, Philip M., and Duncan, Otis D.:
Study of Population
Kallen, Horac M.:
Indecency and the Seven Arts
Kierkegaard, Soren:
The Present Age;
The Point of View;
The Attack upon "Christendom"
Lawrence, David H.:
Pornography and Obscenity
Lowith, Karl:
Meaning in History, IV. "Progress Versus Providence"
Malthus, Thomas R.:
An Essay on Population
Meek, Ronald L., ed.:
Marx and Engels on Malthus
Milton, John:
The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
Nietzsche, Friedrich:
Thus Spake Zarathustra
Playfair, Giles, and Singleton, Derrick:
Offenders: The Case Against Legal Vengeance
Richardson, Bessie E.:
Old Age Among the Ancient Greeks
Simmons, L. W.:
The Role of the Aged in Primitive Society
Tawney, Richard H.:
Zilboorg, Gregory:
Psychology of the Criminal Act and Punishment

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Revised 2 November 2000