Books

Ten Classic Philosophy Texts

On Twitter this morning, I noticed SDMumford had tweeted about his ten classic philosophy texts to read before you die. His picks:

  1. Plato – Republic
  2. Descartes – Meditations
  3. Locke – Essay Concerning Human Understanding
  4. Hume – Treatise of Human Nature
  5. Kant – Critique (which one? I’d go for one of the ‘reasons’. Probably both).
  6. Spinoza – Ethics
  7. Aristotle – Metaphysics, Physics or Ethics
  8. Berkeley – New Theory of Vision
  9. Mill – System of Logic
Hmm, that seems to be only nine. Unless you count Kant’s critiques as two, which would make sense. 

This got me thinking about my top ten philosophy books – or the ones I think everyone should read. Honestly, it sort of depends which stage of philosophy you’re at, but assuming you haven’t read any at all, I’d go for: 
  1. Russell – History of Western Philosophy 
  2. Plato – Republic
  3. Descartes – Meditations
  4. Aristotle – Metaphysics 
  5. Kant – both critiques 
  6. Kierkegaard – Fear and Trembling
  7. Locke – Essay Concerning Human Understanding 
  8. Hobbes – Leviathan 
  9. Montaigne – Essays 
  10. Sartre – Being and Nothingness 
What are yours? 

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