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I’ve just started reading a bit about philosophy and I definitely want to find out more. I’ve got a long summer before uni and I want to spend some time reading and learning how to be a better me and be happier etc. Would appreciate any book recommendations on this topic and thoughts on philosophy in general!
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(Original post by _nim1)
I’ve just started reading a bit about philosophy and I definitely want to find out more. I’ve got a long summer before uni and I want to spend some time reading and learning how to be a better me and be happier etc. Would appreciate any book recommendations on this topic and thoughts on philosophy in general!
Think, by Simon Blackburn is good, what I did was purchase an old specification philosophy a level book and really really love it! It was formatted and detailed, past exam standard
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Thanks! That’s a good idea I’ll try that out : )
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Think, by Simon Blackburn is good, what I did was purchase an old specification philosophy a level book and really really love it! It was formatted and detailed, past exam standard
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I’m not even sure where to begin! ^w^
Philosophy is one of my most favored subjects and I plan on studying it as a major. I’ll have to go through my notes and find some of the suggestions my professor gave me, but two that come to mind specifically are Nietzsche’s ‘Beyond Good & Evil’ and Marcus Aurelius’ book ‘Meditations’.

If you ever want to talk about philosophy related things, I almost can’t express how much I would love too :3
Either way though, I hope you enjoy what you read and learn to be the best you that you want to be.
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Get yourself a couple of 'intro to...' books and go from there.
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Will do! Thank you
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Get yourself a couple of 'intro to...' books and go from there.
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Will do! Thank you
It sounds kinda clichéd, but they will give you a broad introduction and there will be something then that piques your interest. You can go look at specific things once that happens! If someone had given me Nietzsche to read when I first started, I'd have never looked at philosophy again. :laugh:
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Aha that’s sweet thank you. I’ll have a look at those books ☺️
And I might take you up on that offer when I actually get my thoughts in order! I’m a bit of a confused mess at the moment haha but hopefully that changes soon
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I’m not even sure where to begin! ^w^
Philosophy is one of my most favored subjects and I plan on studying it as a major. I’ll have to go through my notes and find some of the suggestions my professor gave me, but two that come to mind specifically are Nietzsche’s ‘Beyond Good & Evil’ and Marcus Aurelius’ book ‘Meditations’.

If you ever want to talk about philosophy related things, I almost can’t express how much I would love too :3
Either way though, I hope you enjoy what you read and learn to be the best you that you want to be.
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Thanks 😂 probably is the best place to start
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It sounds kinda clichéd, but they will give you a broad introduction and there will be something then that piques your interest. You can go look at specific things once that happens! If someone had given me Nietzsche to read when I first started, I'd have never looked at philosophy again. :laugh:
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Good luck with getting your thoughts in order. If you need any help, feel free to ask
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Aha that’s sweet thank you. I’ll have a look at those books ☺️
And I might take you up on that offer when I actually get my thoughts in order! I’m a bit of a confused mess at the moment haha but hopefully that changes soon
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Hi,

I’m just starting in the field of Philosophy and I am wondering if these books are suitable for an A-level beginner?

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
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research stoicism, interesting stuff.
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Beyond Good and Evil is an incredible text and you could definitely take a crack at it. However, On the Genealogy of Morals is shorter and much more accessible whilst still containing a lot of the main ideas of Beyond Good and Evil. I'd recommend tackling that one first as you'd have a better understanding of Nietzsche's ideas as he develops them in BGE.

The Communist Manifesto is always a good shout and definitely the most accessible of Marx's (and Engel's) writing, a good intro to their thinking.

If you're looking for other general texts that would be accessible to beginners, I recommend these:

Nigel Warburton's Philosophy the Basics

Sophie's World, a novel by Jostein Gaarder which covers a lot of key philosophical schools and concepts but through an accessible story format that isn't patronising.

Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy. Don't be intimidated that it's Russell, written over a hundred years ago but the problems are yet to be solved!

I did my undergrad in philosophy and read the first two texts before university. A professor then gave us Russell to read. Don't be discouraged if you don't understand all the ideas. Even uni professors rarely understand a new text on the first reading. Even to have partially understood an idea in philosophy is a victory! But I can say that it's a wonderful subject and does teach you to think in a very clear and incisive way. Just be prepared to say goodbye to a lot of the psychological comforts some people take for granted. Once you start Hume and Kant, you realise we take a lot of our ideas for granted when in fact we have no good reason for holding them at all! And it really can lead you places. I'm just starting work in public policy, my friend is training to be a diplomat, another is working in a bank; it's a very versatile degree.
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Hi,

I’m just starting in the field of Philosophy and I am wondering if these books are suitable for an A-level beginner?

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
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Sophie’s world is good
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