I have had another student ask “What should I read?”. I posted on this before, but the stream quickly devolved (or evolved, depending on how you want to look at it) into what people “like”. I am too sensitive about such things, but I was actually scandalized by some of the lists. Oh well. Point here is that what my students are asking for is a list of western philosophers one should read in order to be well read in the western tradition. So this post is not asking for what you like, or what speaks to you, or even what you find interesting. It is asking, “what do I need to read in order to be conversant in the western philosophical tradition?” I will reframe the question a bit as well. My student asked me, what should I read this summer?So let’s assume this: You have 3 months to live. On your “bucket list” was becoming well read in the western philosophical tradition. What books do you read in those 3 months?The list will be more narrow than before. “Plato” is too broad, what dialogue would you read? And while I hope there are primary texts, I think it is fair game to put secondary sources (for instance, a good book on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason since trying to read the Critique would occupy the entire 3 months).