One problem that beginners face when studying philosophy is that they find classic works of philosophy intimidating and difficult to read. These classic works can be long, written in an unfamiliar style, and mentally draining. This website aims the make it easier to get a taste of philosophy by collecting the best short readings and passages from classic works. These passages are interesting in their own right and can help you get more familiar with some of the classics. Useful supplementary resources are also listed at the end of each reading. Titles in bold are recommended for complete beginners. Simply choose a reading to get started:

Socrates:

Plato:

Aristotle:

Epicurus:

Seneca:

Descartes:

Hume:

  • On Miracles – from Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Mary Wollstonecraft:

Kant:

Mill:

Marx:

Nietzsche:

  • On Truth – from On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

Bertrand Russell:

If you’d like to get more philosophy in your life, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or enter your email below to get a quote/passage from a classic work of philosophy delivered to your inbox each day. They include key passages from Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, and many more. Each passage is paired with a link to a beginner friendly article, video, or podcast, so you can easily learn more about that day’s idea. The goal is to make it easier for everyone to get a little bit more philosophy into their life.