Originally Posted by person
In my opinion, philosophic discussion in general (especially outside of academia) would be a lot better if everyone read the following:
Critique of Pure Reason-- Kant
Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding-- Hume
Phenomenology of Spirit-- Hegel
Foundations of Arithmetic-- Frege
Problems of Philosophy-- Russell
Blue and Brown Books-- Wittgenstein
On Certainty-- Wittgenstein
Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind-- Sellars
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature-- Rorty
Naming and Necessity-- Kripke
Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language-- Kripke
Mind and World-- McDowell
Some of these works are rock solid. LOL at Tractatus. Seriously? For non-philosophers I could only recommend Problems of Philosophy (which is about a two hour read) and Hume's Enquiries here. And the reason I'd recommend them is because both authors are exceptionally good communicators. When you read this sort of thing your first reaction should be "This is so incredibly easy I can't believe anybody thought I was so stupid as to tell me this" and then "If that's the case why didn't I think of this before then?".
I've got 3-4 good recommendations for my interests from this thread. I'm surprised nobody's mentioned much to do with Evolutionary psychology yet. I've only read this
and I found it really interesting. Can anybody suggest what I should read next in that subject? I thought about getting this
but I think maybe that's a step too far at the moment. Anybody recommend something between the two?
I haven't read this yet (as it's not out) but I've been looking forward to this
for ages now. For the last 2 years I've had a look to see if it's out yet and it keeps getting pushed back another few months, which is really irritating.