The best books to get a taste of philosophy

Thomas Cathcart and Danny Klein Author Of Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between
By Thomas Cathcart and Danny Klein

The Books I Picked & Why

The Moviegoer

By Walker Percy

The Moviegoer

Why this book?

For some philosophical subjects, a novel or play can convey more than an essay. Think Camus's “The Myth of Sisyphus" for conveying the absurdity of life. Well, ditto for Walker Percy's “The Moviegoer". One of the first American Existentialist novels, it also happens to be hilarious.


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About Philosophy

By Robert Wolff

About Philosophy

Why this book?

It’s one of the best and most accessible introductions to philosophy, now in its tenth edition. It’s also by our favorite college teacher.


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The Art of Happiness

By Epicurus

The Art of Happiness

Why this book?

Epicurus gives hedonism a good name. The book is a guide for how to live and particularly well-suited to readers of a certain age.


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Language, Truth and Logic

By Alfred Jules Ayer

Language, Truth and Logic

Why this book?

It’s no secret that philosophy can often be murky. Ayer clears away the mud and shows us how to think clearly and logically about some traditional philosophical problems.


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The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

By Søren Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay

The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

Why this book?

The acknowledged father of existentialism actually makes anxiety interesting (if you’re into that sort of thing.) Not for sissies.


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