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Start with Philosophy

If you are a future student or just an amateur reader, this information will come in handy.

How to start reading philosophy?

First, let's start with introductions. Surely you will have in mind to read the great classics of the history of thought, but listen to us: reading complex authors requires prior training and reading them in context to be able to understand a work correctly.

To begin, and place yourself in philosophy from a more contemporary point of view, we recommend that you start with reading some of these fairly brief introductions:

  • Blackburn, S. (1999). Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy. Oxford: OUP.

  • Nagel, T. (1989). What does this all mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy. Oxford: OUP.

  • Midgley, M. (2018). What is Philosophy For? . London: Bloomsbury.

  • Marzoa Martinez, F. (1974). Iniciación a la filosofía. Madrid: Isthmus.

We also recommend two works to place you in the recent history of philosophy:

  • D'Agostini, F. (1996). Analitici e continentali. Milan: Cortina Raffaello.

  • Glock, H.-J. (2008). What is analytical philosophy? . Cambridge: CUP.

Main works

Once you are introduced, we recommend these classic works of philosophy of low difficulty, but relevant for later more complex readings:

  • Plato. (370 BC). The Republic.

  • Descartes, R. (1641). Meditations On First Philosophy.

  • Hume, D. (1751). An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals.

  • Wollstonescraft, M. (1792). A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

  • Ayer, A. J. (1936). Language, truth and logic.

  • Crane, T. (1995). The mechanical mind.

  • Nussbaum, M. (2007). Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership.

Philosophy Online Resources

As students, it is quite common for us to turn to online information sources, not only specialized articles or books, but an encyclopedic base such as:

They are free and high-quality resources, written by the leading specialists in their areas of knowledge.

There are some attempts in Spanish such as the Encyclopedia of the Spanish Society of Analytical Philosophy (SEFA), although it is much smaller.

Where can I find books and articles?

To find articles you can consult the following pages:

among other options.

We recommend that if you are looking for a specific bibliography on a topic ("philosophy of science" for example), you consult the bibliography available at the end of the entries in the Stanford and IEP encyclopedias.

Audiovisual Resources of Philosophy

Here you can several YouTube channels that impart philosophical content.

Platforms such as Coursera or EdX also have numerous free philosophy courses and, if you want a certificate, you pay a fee to the university that teaches the course.

and many more.