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Unread 07-27-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Philosophy Resources

Here is a sticky where we can put some stuff for people interested in philosophy.

I don't have a good first book on philosophy (any ideas, folks?), but here are the second and third books I recommend:

<a href=http://www.amazon.com/History-Modern-Philosophy-Routledge-Classics/dp/0415267633/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280271994&sr=8-1>Roger Scruton, <i>A History Of Modern Philosophy</i></a>

Considering the difficulties of the subject, Scruton explains things very clearly. He starts with Descartes, early 1700s, and goes through Wittgenstein, early 1900s.

<a href=http://www.amazon.com/Short-History-Philosophy-Robert-Solomon/dp/0195101960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280272061&sr=8-1>Robert Solomon, <i>A Short History of Philosophy</i></a>

Solomon provides a chronological look at the history of philosophy across the globe. He seeks to recover philosophy's focus as the love of wisdom.

<a href=http://www.introducingbooks.com/book>The Introducing Series</a>

If you're interested in looking at a particular thinker, the Introducing Series is the place to start. They may look like comic books, but generally explain their thinkers very well. Each volume has a different author, so readability and usefulness vary, but overall I highly recommend them. You can find a list of the philosophical Introducing... books in particular <a href=http://www.iconbooks.co.uk/topic_list.cfm?topic=Philosophy>here</a>.

<a href=http://www.cambridge.org/uk/browse/browse_all.asp?subjectid=1011730>The Cambridge Companions</a>

If you need in-depth information on one particular philosopher, the Cambridge Companions are your one-stop shop. They can get expensive, so try to find them used or at a library.

<a href=http://plato.stanford.edu/>The Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy</a>

Want to learn a whole lot about a philosopher for free online? It can get pretty heady at times, but this is the place for you.

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Here are a couple:

"History of Western Philosophy" by Bertrand Russell is the essential introduction to philosophy, western-wise.

"From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest" by T.Z. Levine is a solid primer, one that I would recommend as a first book on philosophy.
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Feel free to mock me but I thought "Sophie's World" did a good job of giving an overview of key philosophers while being understandable and downright entertaining.
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Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter by Donald Palmer is very good. Covers from the Pre-Socratics to structuralism and post-structuralism.
Most of the main philosophers are covered at least to some degree. Has awesome pictures as well.
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I second Skeeter's suggestion of Lavine's book and also suggest "Ideas of the Great Philosophers" by William and Mabel Lewis Sahakian. It certainly doesn't sketch different philosophies with the depth Lavine offers, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in breadth. The Chapters focus on Epistemology and Logic (which is nice because it includes a section on fallacies w/explanations), Ethics (covers a good range of thinkers), Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, and Types of Philosophy (which seems to cover more recent philosophies).

Even with the primary texts I picked up in undergrad, and the various secondary sources I've acquired (I recommend William Barret's "Irrational Man" for existential philosophy), I still find myself returning to the Sahakians' book, if just for basic reorienting and formulating. The only downside is that it lacks a discussion of postmodern philosophies, but as it was originally published in 1966, I'll let that slide.
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Looking at Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter by Donald Palmer is very good. Covers from the Pre-Socratics to structuralism and post-structuralism.
Most of the main philosophers are covered at least to some degree. Has awesome pictures as well.
That's recommended to anyone who hasn't done much philosophy, according to the syllabus for Apologetics 101 with Dr. Oliphint.
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That's recommended to anyone who hasn't done much philosophy, according to the syllabus for Apologetics 101 with Dr. Oliphint.
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Because the Philosophy forum has been sorely neglected (and, I am partially to blame; as a moderator I need to try my best to keep this place hopping) I thought I would add a series to this resource page:

The A Very Short Introduction series.

Now, these isn't strictly limited to "philosophy", but any subject that one can stuff under the heading of "philosophy" can be found in this series; furthermore, they are amazing books. Concise, short, written by experts in the subject, and quite introductory.

Of course, there are some that are just not that great. For instance, I would not recommend Simon Blackburn's volume on ethics... Disorganized and unwieldy.
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Here's a podcast that's gotten off the ground with huge strides.

Socrates Plato Aristotle | History of Philosophy without any gaps
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Texts from early modern philosophy as translated by Jonathan Bennett:

Early Modern Texts - Philosophers and Philosophy Topics
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Sophie's World. Awesome overview.
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A series of podcasts seeking to cover every philosopher in history. Without any gaps.
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