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Which philosophers to read?

  1. Feb 25, 2009 #1
    Hi all,

    I read Russell's "Problems of Philosophy" for school and want to learn more about philosophy. I picked up Heidegger's "Introduction to Metaphysics", but despite the title, it was much too difficult for me.

    Any idea on good philosophers for a beginner looking to understand some philosophy to read?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Feb 25, 2009 #2
    Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
    Plato's Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Euthyphro
    Plato: Republic
    David Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
    Friedrich Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols
    W. V. O. Quine: Two Dogmas of Empiricism
    Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
     
  4. Feb 25, 2009 #3
    Well it depends on what you already know. If its a thorough overview of histories many philosophers and their ideas and doctrines then i would suggest Russell's "history of western philosophy"
    For an absolute beginner who wishes an enjoyable and quick understanding of some of the oldest questions in philosophy i would recommend Thomas Nagel's "what does it all mean"
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009
  5. Feb 26, 2009 #4
    Thanks, both of you! I picked up the complete works of Plato from the library. Seems like a good starting point. I'll keep your other suggestions in mind!
     
  6. Feb 26, 2009 #5
    Starting with Plato is good, and then Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Liebniz, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidigger, Wittgenstein, Sartre.
     
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