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4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM
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So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?
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4/28/2011 8:04:22 PM
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At 4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

Philosophy is a big subject. :P

Depends on what you're interested in.
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4/28/2011 8:13:34 PM
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At 4/28/2011 8:04:22 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
At 4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

Philosophy is a big subject. :P

Depends on what you're interested in.

So just tell me that first book that pops into your mind.
Preferably something I don't need to read six other books to understand the cultural significance of certain hyperboles and know the history of the region that it was written in to be clear on certain metaphorical meaning. ^_-
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4/28/2011 8:20:59 PM
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The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
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4/28/2011 8:22:08 PM
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At 4/28/2011 8:13:34 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 4/28/2011 8:04:22 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
At 4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

Philosophy is a big subject. :P

Depends on what you're interested in.

So just tell me that first book that pops into your mind.
Preferably something I don't need to read six other books to understand the cultural significance of certain hyperboles and know the history of the region that it was written in to be clear on certain metaphorical meaning. ^_-

A book I just read:

"Metaphysics" Peter Van Inwagen

http://www.amazon.com...

It's clear and accessible for someone without a heavy philosophical background and it touches on some fascinating issues.

You can also find this book on the internet. >.> (I bought mine on the kindle like a find upstanding citizen of the world however :P).
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4/28/2011 8:22:33 PM
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At 4/28/2011 8:13:34 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 4/28/2011 8:04:22 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
At 4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

Philosophy is a big subject. :P

Depends on what you're interested in.

So just tell me that first book that pops into your mind.
Preferably something I don't need to read six other books to understand the cultural significance of certain hyperboles and know the history of the region that it was written in to be clear on certain metaphorical meaning. ^_-

What book are you talking about? :)
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4/28/2011 8:26:52 PM
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Eh there is no one good book, though if you want a decent start on some common debates, Good and Real is a worthwhile start. Author bias appears in some arguments, but that's to be expected.

http://www.amazon.com...
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4/28/2011 8:35:57 PM
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At 4/28/2011 8:22:08 PM, popculturepooka wrote:

You can also find this book on the internet. >.> (I bought mine on the kindle like a fine upstanding citizen of the world however :P).

Fixed.
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4/29/2011 12:06:37 AM
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I would recommend a book which has multiple selections from authors but a common theme. They're the best (IMHO) if you're just getting into philosophy since they are brief selections but can lead you to different books or authors while also reading viewpoints which you may not agree with.

I enjoyed reading Ethics by Gordon Marino. It gave a great overview of different ethical standpoints. And the collection of authors was predictable but still fun to read (the usual suspects: Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Nietzsche, Kant, John Stuart Mill, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, etc.).

I could read On the Genealogy of Morality any day... :)
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4/29/2011 4:56:22 AM
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The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten

I'm sure there's better ones out there but I just picked one I knew was brilliant.
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4/29/2011 6:26:14 AM
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Got a good list going. I'm building up a decent book collection and reading like crazy. Book depository for the win.
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4/29/2011 7:42:09 AM
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At 4/29/2011 4:56:22 AM, FREEDO wrote:
The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten

I'm sure there's better ones out there but I just picked one I knew was brilliant.

I liked this one as well.
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4/29/2011 11:11:06 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

Philosophy without the boring bits :)
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4/29/2011 5:44:58 PM
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Tao Te Ching.

It is so short that you can read it in an afternoon, and if you understand it, you'll never need to read it again.

If you don't understand it, and think that it doesn't make sense, that is a good indication that you are stupid. You aren't going to be able to understand it unless you can think deeply about things.

http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu...

^
There is an online version that on first glance looks like a pretty easy to understand translation.
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4/29/2011 10:04:33 PM
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WAIT. How could I have not said this one!

Principia Discordia.

Wherein lies everything you need to know about absolutely everything.
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4/29/2011 10:06:23 PM
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At 4/29/2011 10:04:33 PM, FREEDO wrote:
WAIT. How could I have not said this one!

Principia Discordia.

Wherein lies everything you need to know about absolutely everything.

^

That one is also pretty spiffy.
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4/29/2011 10:13:14 PM
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At 4/29/2011 10:06:34 PM, Greyparrot wrote:
All life can be summed up in the epic novel
"The little engine that could"

^

That one is also pretty spiffy.
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4/29/2011 10:14:04 PM
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I can't really recommend one book that gives a comprehensive view of philosophy, however, I can recommend some books that have great philosophical content.

- The Basic Writings of Martin Heidegger
- The Way of Zen by Alan Watts (very philosophical despite it's title)
- The Pocket Krishnamurti

I haven't read a whole book by David Hume, but I've skimmed through some of his works and it's also highly recommended.
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4/29/2011 10:16:49 PM
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You have all the elements of life. Taking the circus of society up and down the hills of an unpredictable natural world and finding out you are really no better off at the end than all the engines that just stayed home.
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4/30/2011 1:22:33 AM
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well, if you're interested in reading atheistic works, two of the most popular modern "new wave" atheists are christopher hitchens who wrote god is not great and richard dawkins who wrote the god delusion. very influential, very controversial, very thought provoking.
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4/30/2011 8:52:36 AM
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At 4/30/2011 1:22:33 AM, jat93 wrote:
well, if you're interested in reading atheistic works, two of the most popular modern "new wave" atheists are christopher hitchens who wrote god is not great and richard dawkins who wrote the god delusion. very influential, very controversial, very thought provoking.

I've heard differently
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4/30/2011 6:37:21 PM
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Philosopher's toolkit by Julian Baggini - Reading it at the moment and it's very readable and comprehensive. A great place to start.
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4/30/2011 7:54:42 PM
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At 4/30/2011 6:37:21 PM, unitedandy wrote:
Philosopher's toolkit by Julian Baggini - Reading it at the moment and it's very readable and comprehensive. A great place to start.

Same author of The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten
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4/30/2011 10:41:43 PM
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At 4/28/2011 7:38:55 PM, tvellalott wrote:
So I'm a philosophy newb, but I find some of the concepts and theories I hear you all talking about quite fascinating.

SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

The bible; More specifically the writings of Paul.
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5/1/2011 12:48:04 AM
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SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

The bible; More specifically the writings of Paul.

Somehow, I doubt this is what he was going for. Not really sure the bible counts as philosophy anyway...
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5/1/2011 12:55:49 AM
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At 5/1/2011 12:48:04 AM, jat93 wrote:
SO, I ask you:
If you could choose one book to have me read, which book would it be?

The bible; More specifically the writings of Paul.

Somehow, I doubt this is what he was going for. Not really sure the bible counts as philosophy anyway...

The Bible contains quite a lot of philosophy even if it isn't primarily a book of philosophy. Some of it is good philosophy and some of it is bad philosophy, but quite a bit of it is philosophy.

OP: Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick is amazing. Though I think he made a few mistakes and could have analyzed some topics more thoroughly, the depth and breadth of Nozick's analysis is very impressive.