The Books Martin Luther King Jr. Taught

Posted by Cybil on January 13, 2017


This Monday, Americans will observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. In honor of this event, we have collected the books King taught as part of a social philosophy course at Morehouse College in 1961-1962.

Below are some of those books on the course's syllabus (which is among the documents in The King Center's digital archive). From Aristotle to Henry David Thoreau, King's reading list concentrated on classic philosophy and made for some serious reading.

The Books King Taught:
Civil Disobedience and Other Essays
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Republic
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The Prince
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The City of God
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Utilitarianism
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Second Treatise of Government
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Leviathan
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Politics
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Critique of Practical Reason
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The Social Contract
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Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas
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The Nicomachean Ethics
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Inspired by the list? Read the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
(Top image credit: A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches)

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message 1: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Moore This is a good list. I never knew he taught actually.


message 2: by David (new)

David Lucander I wish this was the book list in the Philosophy Department where I did a minor back in college :/ Longing for the good old days when higher education was more demanding.


message 3: by Deborah (new)

Deborah I've read five, thanks to PH101 at Windham College.


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