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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.

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

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Author(s): Friedrich Engels

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

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 Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

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…
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

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 d…
Author(s): Michael Moore

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.
Author(s): Van Norden, Bryan W.

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.
Author(s): John Perry, Michael Bratman, et al.

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…
Author(s): Jon McGinnis, David C. Reisman

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

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.
Author(s): Andrew Lynn

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.
Author(s): Tom Butler-Bowdon

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.
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 Library 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.

Brill's Companion to the Reception of Presocratic Natural Philosophy in Later Classical Thought

Author(s): Chelsea C. Harry, Justin Habash
ID: 2980322, Publisher: BRILL, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Philosophy and Leadership: Three Classical Models and Cases

Author(s): Brent Edwin Cusher and Mark Antonio Menaldo
ID: 2988103, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2021, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Emotions in Classical Indian Philosophy

Author(s): Maria Heim, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Roy Tzohar
ID: 2994267, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

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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