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Apollo.11
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9/2/2012 6:21:00 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
What are the best works (books or otherwise) on Philosophy?
I know there was a thread like this for Beginners' books, but this is all-inclusive.

With each suggestion, though, on a scale of 1-Hegel, add how advanced the work is.
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socialpinko
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9/2/2012 6:36:31 PM
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume (difficulty-2)
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes (2)
Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell (4)
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche (3)
The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand (1)
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kunn (6)
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (1)
Mind: A Brief Introduction by John Searle (2)

==I tried to make the list as varied as I could.
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9/2/2012 7:24:16 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/2/2012 6:36:31 PM, socialpinko wrote:
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume (difficulty-2)
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes (2)
Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell (4)
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche (3)
The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand (1)
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kunn (6)
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (1)
Mind: A Brief Introduction by John Searle (2)


==I tried to make the list as varied as I could.

Critique of Reason by Kant (8)
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9/2/2012 7:27:29 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
The Tao Te Ching, by Lao-tzu (difficulty-1 in literal reading)

Thus Spake Zarathustra, by Neitzsche (6)

Beyond Good and Evil, by Neitzsche (8)

Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse (4)
Think'st thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee, 'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.

- Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Man-is-good
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9/2/2012 8:52:51 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Two introductory works to (Western) Philosophy.

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel- (10)
Introduction to Western Philosophy by Anthony Flew- (9 or 8, depending on how one adapts to the divisions of the book on an idea)
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9/2/2012 9:06:33 PM
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At 9/2/2012 8:52:51 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
Two introductory works to (Western) Philosophy.

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel- (10)
Introduction to Western Philosophy by Anthony Flew- (9 or 8, depending on how one adapts to the divisions of the book on an idea)

*In other words, both Flew's arrangement of the text as well as his juxtaposition of certain philosophies. Flew eschews, as far as I can tell, a chronological structure, and he doesn't seek to tie philosophy with history...as with the first.
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9/2/2012 9:55:33 PM
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I want to say critique of pure reason - Kant, but I haven't read it, only parts (though it is over 800 pages) and a bunch of writings on it.
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9/2/2012 10:01:20 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/2/2012 8:52:51 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
Two introductory works to (Western) Philosophy.

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel- (10)
Introduction to Western Philosophy by Anthony Flew- (9 or 8, depending on how one adapts to the divisions of the book on an idea)

Antony Flew is pretty easy to read in my opinion. I haven't read his intro to western phil but I couldn't imagine it being an 8 or 9.
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9/2/2012 10:17:25 PM
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At 9/2/2012 10:01:20 PM, phantom wrote:
At 9/2/2012 8:52:51 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
Two introductory works to (Western) Philosophy.

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel- (10)
Introduction to Western Philosophy by Anthony Flew- (10)

Antony Flew is pretty easy to read in my opinion. I haven't read his intro to western phil but I couldn't imagine it being an 8 or 9.

Well, I thought that the scale was tipped from hardest to easiest (1-10)...but after a few additional peeks into his works and the book....
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"I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality."--Thoreau
Stephen_Hawkins
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9/4/2012 12:23:01 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 9/2/2012 10:01:20 PM, phantom wrote:
At 9/2/2012 8:52:51 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
Two introductory works to (Western) Philosophy.

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel- (10)
Introduction to Western Philosophy by Anthony Flew- (9 or 8, depending on how one adapts to the divisions of the book on an idea)

Antony Flew is pretty easy to read in my opinion. I haven't read his intro to western phil but I couldn't imagine it being an 8 or 9.

In all honesty, I found Russell's easy to read, but whatever. And yes, I have a copy of it. It's a history-philosophy book, not just a philosophy book, though. Go for something like a philosophy textbook for something at all easier.
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9/5/2012 8:24:18 PM
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At 9/2/2012 7:24:16 PM, Wnope wrote:
At 9/2/2012 6:36:31 PM, socialpinko wrote:
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume (difficulty-2)
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes (2)
Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell (4)
Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche (3)
The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand (1)
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kunn (6)
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (1)
Mind: A Brief Introduction by John Searle (2)


==I tried to make the list as varied as I could.

Critique of Reason by Kant (8)

I love Kant!

Critique of Judgment by Kant (10)
Religion within the limits of Reason alone by Kant (5)
The Doctrine of Right by Kant (8)
The Transcendental Doctrine of Elements by Kant (7)
Critique of Pure Reason by Kant (9)
Fundamental Principles of Metaphysics of Morals by Kant (7)
Critique of Practical Reason by Kant (7)
To Eternal Peace by Kant (3)
Idea for a Universal History with Cosmopolitan Intent by Kant (5)