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Hi there,

I'm currently an AS student going into A2. I'm planning on applying to do Philosophy at university, however I wasn't fortunate enough to be able to do it at my college as the course got cancelled. My tutor advised me to read some philosophy books in order to show any potential universities that I know what I'm applying for and to convince them of my interest in it.

My question is, are there any books that anybody recommends? I've read Plato's Republic, and am currently reading Descartes' Meditations.

How many books do you think would be suffice enough to meet any expectations? Which books do you think are worth a read? I'm particularly interested in the ethics side of Philosophy, but I'm not fussy.

Thanks a lot, in advance
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(Original post by AmyL7)
Hi there,

I'm currently an AS student going into A2. I'm planning on applying to do Philosophy at university, however I wasn't fortunate enough to be able to do it at my college as the course got cancelled. My tutor advised me to read some philosophy books in order to show any potential universities that I know what I'm applying for and to convince them of my interest in it.

My question is, are there any books that anybody recommends? I've read Plato's Republic, and am currently reading Descartes' Meditations.

How many books do you think would be suffice enough to meet any expectations? Which books do you think are worth a read? I'm particularly interested in the ethics side of Philosophy, but I'm not fussy.

Thanks a lot, in advance
I take Philosophy and Ethics and I've read some interesting books.

Project Gutenberg or Google Ebooks is what my tutor recommended me to use.

Take a look at Kant, Aquinas (Summa Theologica), Plato's Phaedrus, Aristotle's Ethics. Even better, have a look at modern philosophers, since it's way easier to read them and they make better arguments. Hick and Dawkins are people that spring to mind.
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Reading books by philosopher specifically is good, but reading comprehensive explanations and analysis of certain philosophical systems can help you understand the context and arguments of so e philosophers
I had to teach myself Hindu philosophy and teleological arguments for the creation of the universe and I can say its much easier and more effective to read text books/academic guides than dive straight into the heavy books, such as those by aquinas and Kant which will serve no purpose if you don't already have a good understanding of the philosophy/theories those books entail.
My philosophy teacher, Noel Stewart, wrote a very interesting and easy to follow book on ethics, for beginners, I would very much recommend that.
Also, David Cooks book, the puzzle of ethics, is very helpful in explaining nihilistic/existentialist theories.
You can't go wrong with Bertrand Russell! If you're willing to put aside the time to read it, A history of western philosophy is a must read for budding philosophy students! You can find all of these in amazon very cheaply!
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Reading books by philosopher specifically if good, but reading comprehensive explanations and analysis of certain philosophical systems can help you understand the context and arguments of so e philosophers
I had to teach myself Hindu philosophy and teleological arguments for the creation of the universe and I can say its much easier and more effective to read text books/academic guides than dive straight into the heavy books, such as those by aquinas and Kant which will serve no purpose if you don't already have a good understanding of the philosophy/theories those books entail.
My philosophy teacher, Noel Stewart, wrote a very interesting and easy to follow book on ethics, for beginners, I would very much recommend that.
Also, David Cooks book, the puzzle of ethics, is very helpful in explaining nihilistic/existentialist theories.
You can't go wrong with Bertrand Russell! If you're willing to put aside the time to read it, A history of western philosophy is a must read for budding philosophy students! You can find all of these in amazon very cheaply!
Hope this helps
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Definitely read Anselm's Proslogion, its a really nice read with some perceptive arguments!

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I found Hume's Dialogues really interesting and quite easy to read, and Chesterton's Orthodoxy
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Hume is really good!

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