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Best Philosophical Books You Should Read

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

1. Three philosophical poets: Lucretius, Dante, Goethe (Doubleday Anchor books) (1953)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadOne of the world’s most renowned and provocative thinkers discusses Lucretius, the materialist; Dante, the supernaturalist; and Goethe, the romanticist; and thereby introduces the three dominant systems of Western philosophy–the sources of our major speculative traditions. This work serves the newcomer to the history of philosophy as an admirable introduction to the field, and for the more advanced reader it is a most concise and meaningful interpretation of these three great philosophical poets. #2,665,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2287 in Ancient, Classical &…
Author(s): George Santayana

2. Philosophical, Ideological, and Theoretical Perspectives on Education (2nd Edition) (2013)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadGerald Gutek’s Philosophical, Ideological, and Theoretical Perspectives on Education uses a systems approach to help readers examine the major schools of philosophy of education; consider the relationship of education to major ideologies including Nationalism, Liberalism, Conservatism, and Marxism; and analyze the impact of philosophy and ideology on educational theory and practice through the theories of Essentialism, Perennialism, Social Reconstruction, and Critical Theory. The concepts are made clear through the book’s helpful chapter organization, which includes definitions of terms;…
Author(s): Gerald L. Gutek

3. Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: Selected Readings (2000)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadThis book contains readings that provide a keen understanding of the education profession through the writings of the world’s great educational thinkers. The selected educational thinkers and the primary sources in the book—situated in history, philosophy, and ideology—reflect the major movements in world history. Significant issues in education, schooling and teaching, and learning, are addressed in the readings and provide a perspective that offers a continuum from past to present to future. Contributing authors include Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson, Mary…
Author(s): Gerald L. Gutek

4. The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life (2010)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadIn the last decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of the minds of infants and young children. We used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Now Alison Gopnik a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother explains the cutting-edge scientific and psychological research that has revealed that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and more conscious than adults. In a lively and accessible tour of the…
Author(s): Alison Gopnik

5. Philosophical Dilemmas: A Pro and Con Introduction to the Major Questions and Philosophers (2013)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadPhilosophical Dilemmas: A Pro and Con Introduction to the Major Questions and Philosophers, Fourth Edition, outlines the classic arguments made by philosophers through the ages. It features sixty-three brief topical essays by author Phil Washburn organized around thirty-one fundamental philosophical questions like “Does God exist?” “Is morality relative?” and “Are we free?” Each essay takes a definite stand and promotes it vigorously, creating a sharp contrast between the two positions and giving each abstract theory a more personal and believable “voice.” The accessible writing style…
Author(s): Phil Washburn

6. Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (Cody, Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advances Nursing Practice) (2011)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadPhilosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice, Fifth Edition is included in the 2015 edition of the essential collection of Doody’s Core Titles.Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice, Fifth Edition continues as an essential source for articles addressing both philosophical and theoretical topics with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, values, person-centered care, and global perspectives. Similar to the previous edition, the Fifth Edition features a more selective and contemporary range of views and articles. In addition to…
Author(s): William K. Cody

7. Existentialism and the Philosophical Tradition (1990)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadAn in-depth anthology of the existentialist tradition – with an emphasis on the philosophy of personal experience. #853,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #389 in Existentialist Philosophy #5342 in Philosophy (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Diane Raymond

8. Philosophical Documents in Education (4th Edition) (2011)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadThe introduction to the fourth edition of Philosophical Documents in Education asks the simple question, what does it mean to be educated?  That simple but profound inquiry is answered throughout the anthology’s 16 chapters by both classical and contemporary educators, progressives, and philosophers. Driven by the idea that students can better understand and practice their profession by reading, contemplating, and discussing philosophical and historical literature, this collection of primary sources exposes readers to a wealth of…
Author(s): Tony W. Johnson, Reed deceased, Ronald F.

9. Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 7 (1985)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadThis volume contains a new translation, with a historical introduction by the translators, of two works written under the pseudonym Johannes Climacus. Through Climacus, Kierkegaard contrasts the paradoxes of Christianity with Greek and modern philosophical thinking. In Philosophical Fragments he begins with Greek Platonic philosophy, exploring the implications of venturing beyond the Socratic understanding of truth acquired through recollection to the Christian experience of acquiring truth through grace. Published in 1844 and not originally planned to appear under the pseudonym Climacus, the book…
Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard, Edna H. Hong, et al.

10. Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings (Studies in Continental Thought) (2008)

 Best Philosophical Books You Should ReadEmmanuel Levinas (1906–1996) has exerted a profound influence on 20th-century continental philosophy. This anthology, including Levinas’s key philosophical texts over a period of more than forty years, provides an ideal introduction to his thought and offers insights into his most innovative ideas. Five of the ten essays presented here appear in English for the first time. An introduction by Adriaan Peperzak outlines Levinas’s philosophical development and the basic themes of his writings. Each essay is accompanied by a brief introduction and notes. This collection is an ideal text for students of…
Author(s): Adriaan T. Peperzak, Simon Critchley , et al.

Best Philosophical Books You Should Read

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Philosophical Perspectives- History of Philosophy

Author(s): Wilfrid Sellars
ID: 2369255, Publisher: Ridgeview Publishing Digital, Year: April 28, 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Format: mobi

The best of all possible worlds? : Leibniz’s philosophical optimism and its critics 1710-1755

Author(s): Caro, Hernán D.; Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm
ID: 2783958, Publisher: Brill, Year: 2021, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

The Legacy of Tatjana Afanassjewa: Philosophical Insights from the Work of an Original Physicist and Mathematician

Author(s): Jos Uffink, Giovanni Valente, Charlotte Werndl, Lena Zuchowski
ID: 2829247, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

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

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