The Eight Best Introductory Books on Philosophy

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This page contains a list of the best introductory books on philosophy. Just to be clear, there is no single best book on philosophy. The best book for you will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time that you want to spend reading about philosophy. An 800-page scholarly overview is unlikely to be best for someone looking for a short beginner-friendly introduction, for example. This list aims to take this ambiguity into account by featuring three different kinds of introductory books. The first three books on …

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 produce 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 …

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 …