Resources and Reading Lists

If you want to learn about philosophy, you might ask: “what’s the best way get started?” The answer is that there is no “best” way. The best way for any individual will depend on what subjects they’re interested in, how much time and effort they’re willing to put in, and what they ultimately want to get out of studying philosophy. This website was created to help make it as easy as possible for anyone to start studying philosophy by collecting the best philosophy articles, videos, podcast and book recommendations from across the internet and organizing them into one place.

If you’re totally new to philosophy and don’t know which topics interest you the most, you might want to start by browsing this list of introductory philosophy books.

If you have an interest in one of the main branches of philosophy, you can find introductory books by following these links:

If you’re interested in a specific topic, simply choose it from the list below. For links to free philosophy articles, videos and podcasts, click the links marked ‘Resources’. If you want to learn about the topic in more depth then you’ll probably want to choose the links marked ‘Books’.

Topics  
African PhilosophyResourcesBooks
Analytic PhilosophyResourcesBooks
Animal EthicsResourcesBooks
BeautyResourcesBooks
BioethicsResourcesBooks
Philosophy of BiologyResourcesBooks
BuddhismResourcesBooks
Chinese PhilosophyResourcesBooks
ConsciousnessResourcesBooks
Critical TheoryResourcesBooks
Critical ThinkingResourcesBooks
DaoismResourcesBooks
DeathResourcesBooks
DemocracyResourcesBooks
Deontological EthicsResourcesBooks
Philosophy of EconomicsResourcesBooks
Effective AltruismResourcesBooks
Environmental EthicsResourcesBooks
ExistentialismResourcesBooks
FeminismResourcesBooks
Free WillResourcesBooks
FreedomResourcesBooks
Global JusticeResourcesBooks
GodResourcesBooks
HappinessResourcesBooks
JusticeResourcesBooks
Philosophy of LanguageResourcesBooks
LogicResourcesBooks
Philosophy of MathematicsResourcesBooks
The Meaning of Life
ResourcesBooks
Medieval PhilosophyResourcesBooks
PostmodernismResourcesBooks
PragmatismResourcesBooks
Presocratic PhilosophyResourcesBooks
RaceResourcesBooks
Philosophy of ScienceResourcesBooks
StoicismResourcesBooks
Philosophy of TechnologyResourcesBooks
TruthResourcesBooks
UtilitarianismResourcesBooks
Virtue EthicsResourcesBooks

Or if you’re interested in a specific philosopher, try one of the following links:

PhilosopherResourcesBooks
AnselmResourcesBooks
Aquinas, ThomasResourcesBooks
Arendt, Hannah ResourcesBooks
AristotleResourcesBooks
AugustineResourcesBooks
Beauvoir, Simone de ResourcesBooks
Berkeley, George ResourcesBooks
BoethiusResourcesBooks
Camus, Albert ResourcesBooks
ConfuciusResourcesBooks
Darwin, Charles ResourcesBooks
Descartes, René ResourcesBooks
EpicurusResourcesBooks
Foucault, Michel ResourcesBooks
Freud, Sigmund ResourcesBooks
Hegel, G. W. F. ResourcesBooks
Heidegger, Martin ResourcesBooks
Hobbes, Thomas ResourcesBooks
Hume, David ResourcesBooks
Kant, Immanuel ResourcesBooks
Kierkegaard, Søren ResourcesBooks
Leibniz, Gottfried ResourcesBooks
Locke, John ResourcesBooks
Machiavelli, Niccolò ResourcesBooks
Marx, Karl ResourcesBooks
Mill, John Stuart ResourcesBooks
Montaigne, Michel de ResourcesBooks
Nietzsche, Friedrich ResourcesBooks
Pascal, Blaise ResourcesBooks
PlatoResourcesBooks
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques ResourcesBooks
Russell, Bertrand ResourcesBooks
Sartre, Jean-Paul ResourcesBooks
Schopenhauer, Arthur ResourcesBooks
SocratesResourcesBooks
Spinoza, Baruch ResourcesBooks
Wittgenstein, Ludwig ResourcesBooks