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Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should Read

Our list of some of the best Classical Philosophy books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Classical Philosophy: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 1 (2016)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadClassical Philosophy is the first of a series of books in which Peter Adamson aims ultimately to present a complete history of philosophy, more thoroughly but also more enjoyably than ever before. In short, lively chapters, based on the popular History of Philosophy podcast, he offers an accessible, humorous, and detailed look at the emergence of philosophy with the Presocratics, the probing questions of Socrates, and the first full flowering of philosophy with the dialogues of Plato and the treatises of Aristotle. The story is told “without any gaps,” discussing not only such major figures but also less commonly discussed topics…
Author(s): Peter Adamson

2. Ludwig Feuerbach and the end of classical German philosophy (1976)

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Author(s): Friedrich Engels

3. Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (2000)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadLong over due, this anthology collects in one volume new translations of some of the central works by major early Chinese philosophers-Kongzi (Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi. The book offers an excellent and balanced selection of texts in readable translations that reflect the very latest in fine scholarship….
Author(s): Philip J. Ivanhoe, Bryan W. Van Norden

4. Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2018)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadIntroduce your students to philosophy with the most widely used, trusted, and comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary readings available.Easy to use for both students and instructors, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary), a “Logical Toolkit,” a guide to writing philosophy papers, and study questions after each reading selection. The eighth edition features nine new selections that broaden the book’s scope to include…
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

5. Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2015)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadIntroduce your students to philosophy with the most widely used, trusted, and comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary readings available.Easy to use for both students and instructors, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary), a “Logical Toolkit,” and a guide to writing philosophy papers.The seventh edition features eleven new readings, including eight by contemporary women philosophers, bringing the total number of essays by women to twelve. It is also accompanied by a robust…
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

6. Knowledge in a Nutshell: Classical Philosophy: The complete guide to the founders of western philosophy, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus (2018)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadFrom Socrates’ fascinating discussions of morality and virtue to Pythagoras’ attempts to understand the arrangement of the cosmos, the thinkers of the ancient world provided us with an astonishing array of ideas that has helped to shape the modern world.Ranging across Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy from Anaximander to Plotinus, Classical Philosophy in a Nutshell explains important ideas such as Plato’s Theory of Forms, Zeno’s Paradox, and the Stoicism of Marcus Aurelius.Filled with helpful diagrams and simple summaries of complex theories, this essential introduction brings the great ideas of…
Author(s): Michael Moore

7. Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy (2011)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadThis book is an introduction in the very best sense of the word. It provides the beginner with an accurate, sophisticated, yet accessible account, and offers new insights and challenging perspectives to those who have more specialized knowledge. Focusing on the period in Chinese philosophy that is surely most easily approachable and perhaps is most important, it ranges over of rich set of competing options. It also, with admirable self-consciousness, presents a number of daring attempts to relate those options to philosophical figures and movements from the West. I recommend it very…
Author(s): Van Norden, Bryan W.

8. Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings (2012)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadIntroduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings, Sixth Edition, is the most comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary philosophy available. The text includes sections on God and evil, knowledge and reality, the philosophy of science, the mind/body problem, freedom of will, consciousness, ethics, political philosophy, existential issues, and philosophical puzzles and paradoxes.Easy to use for both students and instructors alike, the book incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary); a guide to writing…
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

9. Classical Arabic Philosophy: An Anthology of Sources (2007)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadThis volume introduces the major classical Arabic philosophers through substantial selections from the key works (many of which appear in translation for the first time here) in each of the fields–including logic, philosophy of science, natural philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, and politics–to which they made significant contributions.An extensive Introduction situating the works within their historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts offers support to students approaching the subject for the first time, as well as to instructors with little or no formal training in Arabic thought. A glossary, select bibliography, and index are also…
Author(s): Jon McGinnis, David C. Reisman

10. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (World’s Classics) (1991)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadA.S.L.Farquharson’s translation was originally published in 1944, as part of a major commentary on Marcus Aurelius’ work. In this volume, Farquharson’s work is brought up to date and supplied with an introduction and notes for the student and general reader. A selection of lively letters from Marcus to his tutor Fronto, most of which date from his earlier years, is also included….
Author(s): A.S.L. Farquharson

11. Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man (Classics for the Modern Man) (2017)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should Read'Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times. The basic premise of this book is that strength and weakness have a spiritual dimension.' Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man takes a radically new approach to the question of spirituality. Its purpose is to bring the spiritual classics alive so that they can once again serve their original and true purpose: to guide and inspire us as we make our way through life. Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man introduces for the general reader selections…
Author(s): Andrew Lynn

12. 50 Philosophy Classics: Your shortcut to the most important ideas on being, truth, and meaning (50 Classics) (2017)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadFrom Aristotle to Wittgenstein, 50 Philosophy Classics provides a lively entry point to “The King of Disciplines,” helping readers comprehend key questions – and possible answers – at the center of human existence. For over 2,000 years, philosophy has been our best guide to the experience of being human, and the true nature of reality. From Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Confucius, Cicero and Heraclitus in ancient times to 17th century rationalists Descartes, Leibniz and Spinoza, from 20th-century greats Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Baudrillard and Simone de Beauvoir to contemporary thinkers…
Author(s): Tom Butler-Bowdon

13. The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (2013)

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should ReadThe rapid pace of emerging technologies is playing an increasingly important role in overcoming fundamental human limitations. Featuring core writings by seminal thinkers in the speculative possibilities of the posthuman condition, essays address key philosophical arguments for and against human enhancement, explore the inevitability of life extension, and consider possible solutions to the growing issues of social and ethical implications and concerns. Edited by the internationally acclaimed founders of the philosophy and social movement of transhumanism, The…
Author(s): Max More, Natasha Vita-More

Best Classical Philosophy Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some classical philosophy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

French Philosophy of Technology: Classical Readings and Contemporary Approaches

Author(s): Sacha Loeve, Xavier Guchet, Bernadette Bensaude Vincent
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2235078

Three Pillars of Skepticism in Classical India: Nagarjuna, Jayarasi, and Sri Harsa (Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion)

Author(s): Ethan Mills
Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2018, Size: 769 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2325684

Human Dignity in Classical Chinese Philosophy: Confucianism, Mohism, and Daoism

Author(s): Qianfan Zhang
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1583016

Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings

Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, John Martin Fischer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 329 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2099858

The Presocratics and the Supernatural: Magic, Philosophy and Science in Early Greece

Author(s): Andrew Gregory
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2138172

Dao Companion to Classical Confucian Philosophy

Author(s): Vincent Shen , Vincent Shen (eds.)
Publisher: Springer Netherlands, Year: 2014, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1035373

The Free Development of Each: Studies on Freedom, Right, and Ethics in Classical German Philosophy

Author(s): Allen W. Wood
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1209874

The free development of each : studies on freedom, right, and ethics in classical German philosophy

Author(s): Wood, Allen W
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2014, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1419957

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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