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    thinking of doing philosophy at university.

    does anyone have any recommendations on books i should read, and which i could possibly use on my personal statement
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    I guess you do Philosophy as an AS level? But if you don't/ aren't really sure about it, you could try Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, it's easy to read and it introduces a lot of the philosophical issues you'll study (or are studying). I wouldn't put it on your personal statement however.

    I would recommend Why I am not a Christian by Bertrand Russell, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill and Descartes' Meditations.
    Try John Locke or David Hume.
    If you have read (and can talk about) anything by Nietzsche or Wittgenstein it would be quite impressive as they can both be quite confusing (Wittgenstein later contradicts the things he has said in his ealier texts).

    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by ntgltk)
    I guess you do Philosophy as an AS level? But if you don't/ aren't really sure about it, you could try Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, it's easy to read and it introduces a lot of the philosophical issues you'll study (or are studying). I wouldn't put it on your personal statement however.

    I would recommend Why I am not a Christian by Bertrand Russell, On Liberty by John Stuart Mill and Descartes' Meditations.
    Try John Locke or David Hume.
    If you have read (and can talk about) anything by Nietzsche or Wittgenstein it would be quite impressive as they can both be quite confusing (Wittgenstein later contradicts the things he has said in his ealier texts).

    Hope this helps
    tehe actually just finished a2 ( kinda), but thanks that was very helpful
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    Plato's Symposium is good, but make sure you realise it's about homosexual love generally :rolleyes:
    Kant, Wittgenstein, Berkeley, Hume, Descartes... They're all really interesting Also maybe try more modern ones like Foucault.
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    i recommend "the world according to clarkson"
    deep.
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    I suppose you could dive into Russel's History of Western Philosophy if you're feeling brave. Thomas Nagel's What Does it All Mean? is a very short, but very good intro to major philosophical issues.

    I was going to recommend Brian McGee's The Story of Philosophy as a general (and illustrated!) guide to all the major philosophers, but if you've done it for A2 I don't know how useful it would be. Check it out, though.
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    klies, they all sound really good and ill check em out

    not that it really matters, cos i just wanna get a better understanding of philosophy anyway, but i was wonderingas books like Descartes meditations ( which we did) and Mill on liberty, are on the specification whether its that useful to mention them?
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    (Original post by bananaterracottapie)
    thinking of doing philosophy at university.

    does anyone have any recommendations on books i should read, and which i could possibly use on my personal statement
    the ego and it's own

    story of the eye

    the second sex

    the doors of perception

    (I just thought of four that were quite different, so it's an okay range, they're all an interesting read).

    Why are you thinking of doing philosophy though? I don't mean to sound harsh but surely you'd have read quite a few philosophical books to actually be interested in the subject?
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    after you read all of these books, read friedrich Nietszche, beyond good and evil.

    it will literally destroy what you once thought was the case
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    On my bookshelf is:

    Nietzsche, Beyond Good And Evil
    Aristotle, The Politics
    Plato, The Republic
    Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    Russell, The Problems Of Philosophy
    Descartes, Meditations On First Philosophy
    Brown, Philosophy Of Mathemartics
    Dennet, Kinds Of Minds
    Holland, Bioethics
    Paine, The Rights Of Man
    Shapiro, Thinking About Mathematics
    The Essential Turing
    Hume's Enquiries

    Bored of listing them now.
 
 
 
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