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Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Philosophy books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (2017)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadExplore the history and concepts of philosophy, from the big thinkers to complex theories, with straightforward text and witty illustrations that demystify an often daunting subject matter. Now in paperback.Are the ideas of René Descartes, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes still relevant today? The Philosophy Book unpacks the writings and ideas of more than 100 of history’s well-known philosophers, taking you on a journey from ancient Greece to modern day. Explore feminism, rationalism, idealism, existentialism, and other influential movements in the world of philosophy.From Socrates to Confucius…
Author(s): DK

2. A History of Western Philosophy (1967)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadHailed as “lucid and magisterial” by The Observer, this book is universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject of Western philosophy.Considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of all time, the History of Western Philosophy is a dazzlingly unique exploration of the ideologies of significant philosophers throughout the ages—from Plato and Aristotle through to Spinoza, Kant and the twentieth century. Written by a man who changed the history of philosophy himself, this is an account that has never been rivaled since its first publication over sixty years ago. Since…
Author(s): Bertrand Russell

3. The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers (1991)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadA brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers—Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey—The Story of Philosophy is one of the great books of our time. Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship. Durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; The Story of Philosophy is a key book for any reader who wishes to survey the history and development of…
Author(s): Will Durant

4. A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education: From Ancient Civilizations to the Modern World (2013)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadMechikoff’s A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education offers an engaging and informative overview of the philosophy of sport from Egypt to Ancient Greece and on to the present time. From Mesoamerica and Ancient Greece to the Olympic Games, the book touches on religion, politics, social movements, and individuals as they contributed to the development of sport and physical education. An extensive array of pedagogical tools–including timelines, comprehensive lists of chapter objectives, suggested websites, and discussion…
Author(s): Robert A Mechikoff

5. Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings (2014)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadThis text brings together Stumpf and Fieser’s Socrates to Sartre and Beyond with an updated anthology of readings in one volume. It offers an accessible historical survey of philosophical ideas and a wealth of primary source readings at an excellent value. The text is a comprehensive, historically organized introduction to philosophy which communicates the richness of the discipline and provides the student with a working knowledge of the development of Western philosophy. With a lively and approachable style it covers the principal contributions of Western civilization’s most…
Author(s): Samuel Enoch Stumpf, James Fieser

6. Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology (2017)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadIn Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, Steven M. Cahn brings together exceptionally clear recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with influential historical sources. Most importantly, the articles have been carefully edited to make them understandable to every reader. The readings are enhanced by concise introductions, study questions, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading. Reflecting the major role of women in philosophy today, more than 1/4 of the contemporary essays are authored by women. The sixth edition features a new section on Asian Outlooks, with…
Author(s): Steven M. Cahn

7. Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology (2014)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadExtensively revised and updated in its fifth edition, Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology is a uniquely accessible and engaging introduction to philosophy. Steven M. Cahn brings together exceptionally clear recent essays by noted philosophers and supplements them with influential historical sources. Most importantly, the articles have been carefully edited to make them understandable to every reader. The readings are enhanced by concise introductions, study questions, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading. While most other…
Author(s): Steven M. Cahn

8. The Perennial Philosophy (2009)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadAn inspired gathering of religious writings that reveals the “divine reality” common to all faiths, collected by Aldous Huxley “The Perennial Philosophy,” Aldous Huxley writes, “may be found among the traditional lore of peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions.” With great wit and stunning intellect—drawing on a diverse array of faiths, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christian mysticism, and Islam—Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains how…
Author(s): Aldous Huxley

9. An Introduction to Moral Philosophy (First Edition) (2017)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadStimulate independent thought with this brief introduction to ethics. Rather than telling students what to think about moral issues, this NEW text teaches students how to think for themselves. Using real-world examples and vivid illustrations drawn from other disciplines, it challenges preconceived notions about morality and demonstrates why ethics matters. A companion volume, Readings in Moral Philosophy, provides primary selections that amplify issues discussed in the text and extends them to problems in applied ethics. #301,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #310 in Ethics #1411 in Philosophy of Ethics &…
Author(s): Jonathan Wolff

10. Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett Classics) (1993)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadDescartes's Meditations on First Philosophy, the fundamental and originating work of the modern era in Western philosophy, is presented here in Donald Cress's completely revised edition of his well-established translation, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining its clear and accessible style. #18,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #15 in Philosophy History & Survey #16 in Modern Philosophy (Books) #21 in History of Philosophy Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Rene Descartes, Donald A. Cress

11. Modern Philosophy: An Anthology of Primary Sources, 2nd Edition (2009)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadThe leading anthology of writings of the modern period, Modern Philosophy provides the key works of seven major philosophers, along with a rich selection of associated texts by other leading thinkers of the period, chosen to deepen the reader's understanding of modern philosophy and its relationship to the natural sciences. Building on the strengths of the first edition, the second edition of Modern Philosophy is enhanced by the addition of the following selections: Montaigne, Apology for Raymond Sebond, "The Senses Are Inadequate”; Newton, Principia, "General Scholium," and Optics, "Query…
Author(s): Roger Ariew, Eric Watkins

12. Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering (2011)

 Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should ReadDiscover a provocative, timeless overview of philosophy that you will find nowhere else with the eleventh edition of this classic introductory text, PHILOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF WONDERING. Author James L. Christian takes a unique synoptic approach that will both engage and visually captivate you as the book focuses on the big picture and the interdisciplinary origins of philosophical thinking. This edition’s fascinating presentation is interwoven with cartoons, quotations, and related findings from the social and physical sciences that ensure central philosophical concepts are accessible. An…
Author(s): James L. Christian

Best Philosophy Books Everyone Should Read

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Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy - Volume LIII

Author(s): Ed. Victor Caston
Publisher: , Year: Winter 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2464587

The Unconscious in Philosophy, and French and European Literature: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Author(s): Fernand Vial
Publisher: Rodopi, Year: May 2009, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1352257

Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: The History of the Philosophy of Mind

Author(s): Amy Kind
Publisher: Routledge, Year: July 6, 2018, Size: 894 Kb, Download: docx
ID: 2291737

Philosophical Perspectives- History of Philosophy

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

Brahman and Dao: Comparative Studies of Indian and Chinese Philosophy and Religion

Author(s): Ithamar Theodor, Zhihua Yao
Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 7 Nov 2013, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2307300

Kautilya’s Arthashastra: Philosophy Of Strategy

Author(s): Medha Bisht
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Year: 2920, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2454257

Between Psychology and Philosophy: East-West Themes and Beyond

Author(s): Michael Slote
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2394169

Into the Wild: Beyond the Design Research Lab

Author(s): Alan Chamberlain, Andy Crabtree
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408229

Capitalism’s holocaust of animals : a non-Marxist critique of capital, philosophy and patriarchy

Author(s): Katerina Kolozova, François Laruelle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2431425

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted 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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