(Original post by Reema)
Do any philosophers wish to recommend me any further preparatory texts for the summer?
The philosophy faculty, in the person of Peter Smith as it happens, author of Formal Logic, has put together a fairly thorough list of preparatory reading, which you may have seen before:
It's quite difficult to recommend further reading: if you want simply to be knowledgeable about philosophy per se, then you may as well read the entire canon systematically; if you want stimulus for independent philosophical thought, then there are two types of books I could recommend: those that lie on the periphery of philosophy, or are purely literary; and those that are especially fecund in ideas, but sufficiently incomplete or vague to allow the flourishing of new thought. Of the former I could recommend such works as Lichtenberg's Waste Books, reissued fairly recently by the New York Review of Books, which exercised a profound influence on Nietzsche, Einstein, Wittgenstein, Tolstoy, and so forth; or as a purely literary work, by way of example, Jorge Luis Borges' Fictions, short stories as artifice, rather than impressionistic portrait a la Chekhov, which contain remarkable meditations on the nature of language, identity, temporality, &c. Of the latter (and I realize this is tendentious), I'd recommend Plato's Theaetetus, his most sustained discussion of epistemology, and St Augustine's Confessions, two works especially valued by Wittgenstein (I believe he carried with him a copy of the Confessions in the Great War; remarkable when you consider his reluctance to read the works of other philosophers, or even to attend philosophical lecturers delivered by friends).
I am inordinately fond of continental philosophy, and would naturally like to impress upon you the greatness of Kant, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Heidegger, Cioran, and so forth, but this sort of thing features comparatively little in the Cambridge philosophy tripos, and if you're inclined to pursue it, you can always take it as an option in part II.