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    Default Any suggestions for books on Philosophy?

    I am wanting to start reading books on philosophy and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions.

    Also I was wondering what people's favorite philosophers were and why.
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    I recommend Retreat to Commitment by W.W.Bartley III. It is a very good and important book. Unfortunately, few people have even heard of it.
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    What exact areas of philosophy are you interested in? Are you looking to read the classics? Those are probably the best places to start any reading into philosophy.

    But if not, here's a few suggestions of mine, and you should be to able to find these at many bookstores:
    After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory - Alasdair MacIntyre
    Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy - William Barrett
    Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy - Michael J. Sandel
    The Universal Exception - Slavoj Zizek
    I haven't read it yet, but I would also suggest Zizek's In Defense of Lost Causes
    God and the Philosophers: The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason edited by Thomas V. Morris

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    Default Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger

    Quote Originally Posted by ladypinkington View Post
    I am wanting to start reading books on philosophy and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions.

    Also I was wondering what people's favorite philosophers were and why.
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    It maybe isn't a real philosophy book but I love the Art of War. It's not exactly a philosophy book, but if you want to read it as if it is one you could probably draw a lot from it.

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    i would always start with the classics, or at least stuff like 'discussions on philosopher x'. i'll just give you some names:

    religion:

    aquinas
    paley
    augustine
    nietzsche?

    social/political theory:

    marx
    locke
    hobbes
    machiavelli
    mill

    epistemology:

    berkeley
    descartes
    kant
    taylor
    hagel
    heidegger

    ethics:

    kant
    mill
    aristotle (derr)
    locke/hobbes

    misc.

    hume
    plato, aristotle

    there's a lot more but these are the big names off the top of my head. i'll say your best bet is to find an area that interests you and work from there.

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    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...hilosophy.html

    You want to start with something very basic. These books give you a clear overview over most important philosophical ideas. At that point you should be ready to decide which of these ideas you want to pursue in greater depth.

    1)Confessions of a Philosopher (By Bryan Magee)-Very general overview of major philosophical ideas.
    2)The Great Philosophers (By Bryan Magee)-Another overview, though slightly less general and more rigorous.
    3)Talking Philosophy-(Magee), An even less general but more rigorous inquiry into the field.
    4)Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell)-A very brief outline of philosophy as well as an inquiry into the subject. Hence, also could be called an overview, but even less general and more rigorous than the previous 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWing View Post
    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...hilosophy.html

    You want to start with something very basic. These books give you a clear overview over most important philosophical ideas. At that point you should be ready to decide which of these ideas you want to pursue in greater depth.
    BW, do/did you study philosophy? i mean at a university level. you seem to be quite into it.

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    I just bought the Analects of Confucius.

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