Which Essays Should All Philosophy Graduate Students Read?


A philosophy professor tasked with teaching the required proseminar for incoming graduate students has a question for Daily Nous readers.

He writes:

This fall I’m again teaching the mandatory proseminar for incoming graduate students, and so once again I’m wondering: what essays should all philosophy students read? It would be helpful to know if other people have a list of 10-25 papers that they want all their students to know something about.

Proseminars like this function differently in different departments, but a relatively common goal for them is to give students a somewhat broad introduction to what today’s philosophers think of as the central problems of various subfields of philosophy, as well as provide them with some shared background knowledge as they embark on their studies. Which articles or book chapters should be included in a one semester version of such a course?


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