The Philosophy degree thread! (Information and reading list!)Watch
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See the next post for a comprehensive philosophy reading list. Post below if you have any queries or suggestions!
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Each list is order alphabetically by author surname. While authors have been repeated throughout several sections of this list, no text has been repeated, so make sure you look through the full list. If you spot any anomalies, believe there to be an error, would like a text moving into a different section, would like to make an addition, or anything else, just post below and tag me. And I'll see to it that this is changed if need be.
The Pig that Wants to be Eaten - Julian Baggini
Think - Simon Blackburn
Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
Philosophy in practice - Adam Morton
The Problems of Philosophy - Bertrand Russell
Philosophy: the Basics - Nigel Warburton
The spirit level - Richard Wilkinson
Very Short Introduction books (available for loads of different philosophical interests)
Nichomachean Ethics - Aristotle
Meditations - Rene Descartes
Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
Treatise on Human nature- David Hume
The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
On Liberty - John Stuart Mill
The Republic - Plato
Art of War
Languages of Logic - Samuel Guttenplan
Logic - Wilfred Hodges
Being good - Simon Blackburn
Practical Ethics - Peter Singer
Thinking About Mathematics - Shapiro (a completely readable introduction to the philosophy of mathematics)
An Introduction to Political Philosophy - Jonathan Wolff
Language Truth and Logic - Ayer
The Language of Morals - Hare
Phenomenology of Spirit - G.W.F. Hegel
Being and Time - Martin Heidegger
Enquiry concerning Human Understanding - Hume
Critique of Pure Reason - Kant
Toleration & Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding - Locke
What does it all mean? - Thomas Nagel
Beyond Good and Evil - Nietzsche
The Genealogy of Morality - Nietzsche
Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Nietzsche (don't start with this one until you're more familiar with Nietzsche)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig
Logic of Scientific Discovery - Popper
History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell
Social Contract & Inequality - Jean Jaque Rousseau
Existentialism and Humanism - John-Paul Sartre
World as Will and Representation - Schopenhauer
Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
Philosophical Investigations - Ludwig Wittgenstein
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus - Ludwig Wittgenstein
Great free philosophy resources
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Like Wikipedia, but written by experts in all fields of philosophy to an academically rigorous standard.)
Wikibooks, introduction to Philosophy
Rust Belt Philosophy (The author takes current writing and disassembles the bad reasoning and argument that comes out of the pens of so many modern-day commenters.) ning and argument that comes out of the pens of so many modern-day commenters.)