One problem that beginners face when studying philosophy is deciding which books to read first. This website aims to make these decisions easier by compiling book recommendations from across the net. These recommendations were created using a simple method that I use when deciding what to read. It involves:

  • browsing required reading lists on university course syllabi
  • searching for books using the Open Syllabus Project
  • browsing the bibliographies of articles on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • searching for recommendations on philosophy forums

This means that these are not personal recommendations and you should take them with a grain of salt. If you’re still unsure about what to read first, the syllabi, bibliographies, and recommendations that I found useful are linked at the end of each post so you can you can easily find more information and make a more informed choice. Simply choose a topic to get started:



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