What to read when starting the study of philosophy?

We’ve raised this question before, but recently a new batch of students were (was? Was the batch asking, or were the students?) asking Kleiner and me about what books should be read by students just starting to study philosophy. What recommendations do you have?

Author: Huenemann

Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.

2 thoughts on “What to read when starting the study of philosophy?”

  1. The book I always recommend is Will Durant’s “The Story of Philosophy”. It’s a clean, decent overview of the biggest names and ideas. After reading that, and gaining some orientation, you’ll have a decent idea of what primary works (by Plato, Spinoza, Marx, etc.) will turn you on.


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