The Nine Best Introductory Books on Philosophy

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This page contains a list of the nine best introductory books on philosophy. Finding good introductory philosophy books can be difficult for two reasons. First, searching google for recommendations usually doesn’t bring up anything useful. Second, phrases like “best books on philosophy” are ambiguous. One person may be looking for a short, beginner friendly introduction, someone else may want a comprehensive academic overview, a third person may be looking for classic works on philosophy. This list tries to account for this ambiguity by recommending different types of books on philosophy. …

Best Quotes on Philosophy

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This page contains a collection of quotes on philosophy, arranged in roughly chronological order. Details about the author, book, chapter number, and translation are included where applicable. Socrates: Philosophy begins in wonder. – Plato, Thaetetus, 155B, trans. Benjamin Jowett The activity of philosophic wisdom is admittedly the pleasantest of virtuous activities; at all events the pursuit of it is thought to offer pleasures marvellous for their purity and their enduringness, and it is to be expected that those who know will pass their time more pleasantly than those who inquire. …

The Value of Philosophy: A Collection of Videos, Articles, and Podcasts

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This page contains a collection of resources on the value of philosophy. It is aimed at anyone who wants to learn about the benefits of studying philosophy and those who want to convince others that philosophy is worth studying. When looking for information on a new topic, some people are looking for a short beginner-friendly overview, others prefer in-depth and more academic articles. Some people prefer to watch videos, others prefer listening to podcasts. This collection of resources aims to make learning about philosophy as easy as possible by allowing …

On the Value of Philosophy – a short reading from Russell’s ‘The Problems of Philosophy’

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Introduction Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher and social critic best known for his work in mathematical logic and as a popularizer of philosophy. In this passage from The Problems of Philosophy, Russell acknowledges that many men think that philosophy is useless because it is unable to definite answers to the questions it addresses. He argues that the value of philosophy is to be “sought largely in its very uncertainty”. Those who do not study philosophy are “imprisoned by the prejudices” of the society in which they were raised …

Misanthropy and Misology: The Hatred of Mankind and the Hatred of Rational Discourse – a short reading from Plato’s Phaedo

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“For as there are misanthropists or haters of men, there are also misologists or haters of ideas, and both spring from the same cause, which is ignorance of the world.” Introduction In 399 B.C., Socrates was sentenced to death after being found guilty of impiety and corrupting the youth. The Phaedo, written by Plato, is an account of Socrates’ last hours and his death in the jail at Athens. Socrates spends his final hours discussing the nature of the soul, the relationship between the soul and the body, and the …