Free eBook: The Philosophy Handbook

The Philosophy Handbook CoverThe main mission of The Daily Idea is to make it as easy as possible for anyone to start learning about philosophy. One way I have tried to make this possible is by bringing the best online philosophy resources together onto one page. Another has been to collect the best philosophical quotations and allow anyone to receive a daily philosophical quote via email. Finally I have been working on this eBook: The Philosophy Handbook: Practical Readings and Quotations on Wisdom and the Good Life. It aims to make it easy for anyone to dive into classic works of philosophy by collecting short, beginner-friendly readings on philosophical topics that are relevant to everyday life. Links to the eBook are below. Simply choose the format that suits you best.




The readings are from the following sources (all of which are in the public domain):

  • Section 1: The Good Brahmin by Voltaire
  • Section 2: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca [abridged]
  • Section 3: The Apology by Plato
  • Section 4: Enchiridion by Epictetus
  • Section 5: The Republic by Plato [Excerpt]
  • Section 6: Chapter 2 of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [Excerpt]
  • Section 7: Chapter 3 of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [Excerpt]
  • Section 8: Phaedo by Plato [Excerpt]
  • Section 9: How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy
  • Section 10: Chapter 15 of The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell