The Stranger


I know next to nothing about philosophy. Where should i start?
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.” First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward. more about book…

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I know next to nothing about philosophy. Where should i start?(r/askphilosophy)

Someone will come along and tell you to read /r/philosophy’s reading list, so I’ll just link it here. I’ll tell you now, it’s lacking content in areas other than ethics, metaphysics, logic, and the philosophy of mathematics (shocking, I know).

Then there’s your standard “check out these general knowledge websites” suggestion. See the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Then there’s the podcast suggestion. My favorite is The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, but obviously there are others.

Then there are those who will suggest general philosophy readings. These will usually be either Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy or, if you have access to a good library or you have money, Copleston’s [A History of Philosophy](

You, of course, can also read “philosophical fiction” (I hate that term). These sorts of things include Sophie’s World (if you’re looking for a really general introduction), Camus’ The Stranger, and Sartre’s Nausea. There are, of course, many others, but those are the common suggestions.

It all depends on the method you’re looking to use in going about educating yourself. Are you the type of person who prefers to read primary texts? If so, you could start with some “easier” primary sources (I’m thinking along the lines of Descartes’ Meditations or Discourse, or Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, but there are others). Or you could start with the “philosophical fiction”.

Or perhaps you prefer secondary sources. The general philosophy books or the encyclopedias might be your best bet in that case.

Perhaps you don’t have a whole lot of time. If that’s the case, the podcasts are good. There are other good ones that I can link to you if this is your particular leaning.

It’s really up to you how you want to pursue your education. I hope that helps.

EDIT: Edited for errors.


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