SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE BASE I



The following list includes 20 texts in the fields of history, economics, sociology, political science, philosophy, psychology and sociobiology that every serious student of the social and behavioral sciences should be familiar with. Ideally, everyone would read and understand these books in order to become better citizens. One should begin by reading the basic 101 texts in philosophy, history, political science, economics, psychology, sociology and sociobiology, in that order. Texts that are more likely to be encountered at the graduate level are followed by GS.

When you read The Life of Greece, keep in mind that it will give you a good indication of some of the same kinds of civilization threatening problems that we are facing today.

Also note that the works which makeup the Xenophyte Perspective Series are not included in the list. Although the Xenophyte Perspective is ultimately based on findings in the social, behavioral and life sciences, particularly those findings that are related to human nature, the works which makeup this series, and which form the core of the Xenophyte philosophy, are not properly part of the social and behavioral science knowledge base. Rather, one is expected to have some basic understanding of certain core works in the social and behavioral science knowledge base, such as those listed below, in order to develop a better appreciation for how the Xenophyte Perspective has been derived, and of the principles on which it is based.


Bailey, T.A. & Kennedy, D.M. (1987). The American Pageant, Volume 1, 8th Edition. Lexington, Mass: D.C. Heath & Co. (AMERICAN HIS 101)

Durant W. (1926) The Story of Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster

Durant, W. (1939). The Life of Greece. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Eagly, A.H. & Chaiken, A. (1993). The Psychology of Attitudes. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.(GS)

Ferguson, N. (2004) Colossus. New York: The Penguin Press.

Eitzen, D.S. (1985). In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. (SOC 101)

Herrnstein, R.J. & Murray, C. (1994). The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. New York: The Free Press. (GS)

Johnson, O. (1981). The Individual and the Universe: an introduction to philosophy. London: Dryden. (PHIL 101)

Madison, James. (1987). Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787. New York: W.W. Norton. (GS)

Martindale, D. (1981). The Nature and Types of Sociological Theory. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

McConnell, C.R. (1987). Economics, 9th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. (ECN 101, 102)

Merton, R.K. (1968) Social Theory and Social Structure. New York: The Free Press

Plato. (1974). The Republic, translated by G.M.A. Grube. Indianapolis: Hackett.

Rossiter, C. Ed.(1961).The Federalist Papers. New York: Penguin

Smith, A. (1976). An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Wallbank, T.W., Taylor, A.M. Bilkey, N.M. & Jewsbury, G.F. (1985). Civilization Past and Present, Fifth Edition, Vol 1.  Glennview: Scott, Foresman and Company. (WORLD HIS 101)

Wallbank, T.W., Taylor, A.M. Bilkey, N.M. & Jewsbury, G.F. (1985). Civilization Past and Present, Fifth Edition, Vol 2.  Glennview: Scott, Foresman and Company. (WORLD HIS 102)

Wilson, E.O. (1978). On Human Nature. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard U. Press.

Wilson, J.Q. (2009) American Government, Brief Edition. Wadsworth, Boston, MA. (AMERICAN POL 101)

Zimbardo, P.G (1985) Psychology and Life. Eleventh Edition. Glenview, IL. Scott, Foresman and Co. (PSY 101)