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Philosophy Reading for PPE watch

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    Hopefully going to apply for PPE Oxford later this year. Currently taking AS's in Maths + Further (5modules), Economics, History, Geography and Critical Thinking. Ive always been ineterested in philosophy, but didnt continue for AS. Can anyone recommend any good reading for philosophy, in preparation for an application.


    Do a search on the Oxford forum, there's lots of this sort of advice.

    Good intros, from the top of my head:

    Sophie's World - Gaarder, love it or hate it, the narrative can be annoying but it was responsible for getting a lot of people into philosophy for the first time.
    What Does it All Mean? - Nagel, short, avoids baggage of '-isms', gets to grips with the real problems at the core of philosophy.
    101 Philosophy Problems - Cohen
    101 Ethical Dilemmas - Cohen, both interesting books that tackle philosophy by looking at individual puzzles/problems. Interesting just to pick up and look through a few at a time.
    Think - Blackburn, very well written introduction, but about 2/3rds of the way through it gets quite heavy - don't worry if it's too much.

    If you're interested in philosophy, it might be worth getting a copy of Russell's History of Western Philosophy. He does a chapter on each major philosopher, and the chapters are distinct from one another; you can read the ones you're interested in individually, so don't be daunted by the book's size. Try reading one of the classics, and then read Russell's chapter on it, best way to increase your understanding of it. Classics I'd recommend:

    Meditations on First Philosophy (Descartes), very short, very important, "I think .'. I am" etc
    The Republic (Plato), you don't need to read all of it, surprisingly easy to read, ties strongly into politics as well.

    Oxford does a lot of Mill in the first year as well.
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