Best Philosophy Books

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  • Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

    Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality


    Is the Universe Entirely Mathematical?
    Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical reality is a mathematical structure and his theory of the ultimate multiverse. In a dazzling combination of both popular and groundbreaking science, he not only helps us grasp his often mind-boggling theories, but he also shares with us some of the often surprising triumphs an… more about book…

  • Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

    A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy


    Epictetus in a nutshell
    One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives.In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient ph… more about book…

  • Methods of Ethics: A Debate

    Three Methods of Ethics: A Debate


    Are all humanitarian cases for war necessarily utilitarian?
    During the past decade ethical theory has been in a lively state of development, and three basic approaches to ethics – Kantian ethics, consequentialism, and virtue ethics – have assumed positions of particular prominence. more about book…

  • Writings of Existentialism (Modern Library Classics)

    Basic Writings of Existentialism (Modern Library Classics)


    What philosophy is this?
    Edited and with an Introduction by Gordon MarinoBasic Writings of Existentialism, unique to the Modern Library, presents the writings of key nineteenth- and twentieth-century thinkers broadly united by their belief that because life has no inherent meaning humans can discover, we must determine meaning for ourselves. This anthology brings together into one volume the most influential and commonly taught works of existentialism. Contributors include Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dos… more about book…

  • Marx Was Right

    Why Marx Was Right


    Why can’t we live a world without the struggle for money?
    In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism—that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on—he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx’s own thought these assumptions are. In a world in which capitalism has been shaken to its roots by some major crises, Why Marx W… more about book…

  • Philosophers Know: Case Studies in Recent Analytic Philosophy

    What Philosophers Know: Case Studies in Recent Analytic Philosophy


    Analytic philosophy: the shit, or just shit?
    Philosophy has never delivered on its promise to settle the great moral and religious questions of human existence, and even most philosophers conclude that it does not offer an established body of disciplinary knowledge. Gary Gutting challenges this view by examining detailed case studies of recent achievements by analytic philosophers such as Quine, Kripke, Gettier, Lewis, Chalmers, Plantinga, Kuhn, Rawls, and Rorty. He shows that these philosophers have indeed produced a substantial body o… more about book…

  • Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods

    The Philosopher’s Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods


    I need Go-To, but teenager friendly reads.
    The second edition of this popular compendium provides the necessary intellectual equipment to engage with and participate in effective philosophical argument, reading, and reflection Features significantly revised, updated and expanded entries, and an entirely new section drawn from methods in the history of philosophy This edition has a broad, pluralistic approach–appealing to readers in both continental philosophy and the history of philosophy, as well as analytic philosophy Explains di… more about book…

  • Without Words (Philosophy of Mind)

    Thinking Without Words (Philosophy of Mind)


    Have any philosophers examined the nature of thought?
    Thinking without Words provides a challenging new theory of the nature of non-linguistic thought. Many scientific disciplines treat non-linguistic creatures as thinkers, explaining their behavior in terms of their thoughts about themselves and about the environment. But this theorizing has proceeded without any clear account of the types of thinking available to non-linguistic creatures. One consequence of this is that ascriptions of thoughts to non-linguistic creatures have frequently been h… more about book…

  •'s Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit

    Hegel’s Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit


    The “Understanding Hegel” reading list?
    Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit has acquired a paradoxical reputation as one the most important and most impenetrable and inconsistent philosophical works. In Hegel’s Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit, Michael N. Forster advances an original reading of the work. His approach differs from that of previous scholars in two crucial ways: he reads the work, first, as a whole—not piecemeal, as it has usually been analyzed—and second, within the context of Hegel’s broader corpus and the works of oth… more about book…

  • Introduction to Political Philosophy

    An Introduction to Political Philosophy


    If you could pick 5 philosophy texts that should be read what are they and why?
    What would life be like without the state? What justifies the state? Who should rule? How much liberty should the citizen enjoy? How should property be justly distributed? This book examines the central problems involved in political philosophy and the past attempts to respond to these problems. Jonathan Wolff looks at the works of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, and Rawls (among others), examining how the debates between philosophers have developed, and searching for possible ans… more about book…