What are the best must read Philosophy books?

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    #1An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life

    An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life

    An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life is written by His Holiness presenting a collection of meditations designed to help readers open their hearts when dealing with others, and introduces the fundamental philosophy of Buddhism.

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    Ye Wu
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "As somebody who studied Philosophy as an undergrad, I always look for new or must read Philosophy literature. With An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, I was presented an interesting argument that described how we should live our lives with respect to others and our compassion toward others. While this book offers an interesting thesis, I don't think the arguments in this book hold up very well in the face of philosophical scrutiny. "
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    #2I Am That

    I Am That

    I Am That is a book by  Sri Nisargadatta Mahara. It is a compilation of all the teachings of the author himself. He is one of the greatest sages in India. His teachings are mostly about the human sufferings and how to end it. 

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    Sandra Valenzuela
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a good solution because the book covers philosophy."
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    #3The Aesthetics of Music

    The Aesthetics of Music
    The Aesthetics of Music is a philosophical book written by Roger Scruton that attempts to break down the music and appreciate each and every fiber of the art form. It was originally published in July 1999. 
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    Henry Keller
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Those that like philosophy books might like The Aesthetics of Music by Roger Scruton. It shows how music can be broken down into simpler forms and further appreciated. Even though it's close to 20 years old, it's still relevant today."
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    #4The Philosophy of Art

    The Philosophy of Art
    The Philosophy of Art is a philosophical book written by 19th-century German philosopher, George Hegel. It was published posthumously by his student, Heinrich Gustav Hotho in 1835.
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    Christian Chen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Hegel's The Philosophy of Art is a great philosophy book all budding philosophers should read and have. It stands the test of time and new insights and ideas seem to be gleaned with each new reading."
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    #5Being and Time

    Being and Time

    "Being and time" is one of the most important philosophy novels of our time. This novel by Martin Heidegger makes a central question: "What is the meaning of being?", challenged the intellectual map of today's occidental modernity. 

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    Michelle Morris
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This might be fine if you are a huge philosophy fan, but really how much can we really lead by emotion and overthink every aspect of life. BORING!!!!"
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    #6Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil is a German book written by Frederich Nietzsche and was translated by R.J. Hollingdale. In this book, Nietzsche expanded his idea with a more critical approach in morality and metaphysics. 

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    Howard Palmer
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The content of the book, if you can read it, is magnificant. Very well written and done but with some terrible typos and different grammatical errors."
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    #7Das Kapital

    Das Kapital

    Das Kapital written by Karl Marx is a book which covers topics such as economics, politics, and philosophy. A 20th-century international bestseller essential to understand the basics of capitalist society.

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    Jesse Young
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a good idea but I don't know if I'd recommend it as philosophy. It is more politics and economics. It is still a must read."
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    #8Elements of the Philosophy of Right

    Elements of the Philosophy of Right

    Elements of the Philosophy of Right by Georg Wilhelm was originally published in 1820. It was translated by Friedrich Hegel, Allen W. Wood, and Raymond Geuss. This book highlights the background history of Hegel's text.

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    #9The Book of Elven Magick: The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves

    The Book of Elven Magick: The Philosophy and Enchantments  of the Seelie Elves

    The Book of Elven Magick: The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves by The Silver Elves is the first volume in the series. It explores the Elven viewpoint on magick and the world, traditional spiritual and religious myths.

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    Joe Hawkins
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "As a long time fan of Tolkien and other well-known fantasy lore, I found this book fun and engaging. The rituals and viewpoint of Elves as described in the book were a little complicated to understand but made me wish I could experience it first hand. Well written and good fun!"
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    #10The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy

    This beginner's book about philosophy covers the essential philosophers from ancient times to today, working as a great introduction to the mental exercise this science brings. Even the newest kinds of philosophy are included, like women philosophers and postmodernism. 




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    Irene Carranza
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "To be honest, I don't know much about philosophy. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy is a good read for those who aren't enlightened. I learned a lot reading this book and now have a better understanding of philosophy."
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    #11The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy: You Think or Die (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

    The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy: You Think or Die (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
    This book is a philosophical guide about the questions raised by Game of Thrones. This compendium of essays written by philosophers and social investigators provides a comprehensive and in-depth discussion on the philosophical topics and issues that the characters of the books and of the series must deal with and how philosophy has questioned about them during History

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    Charles Jensen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I was looking for must-read philosophy literature and I came across this amazing book themed after Game of Thrones. As a fan of the show and a fan of complex philosophies and complex ideas, this book blew me away. It's absolutely phenomenal! A must read if you are interested in learning more about the biggest questions of life while simultaneously making connections with the world of Game of Thrones."
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    #12A Confession

    A Confession

    This essay from Leo Tolstoy is short work about melancholia, religion and philosophy inspired by the author's mid-life existential crisis. Starting with a fable, Tolstoy begins asking questions and finding their answers, describing four possible attitudes towards the inevitable death problem. 

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    Brian Kelley
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "There are so many good books on philosophy but only a few are truly must read. A Confession doesn't try to go easy as it deals with the questions we have about death."
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    #13The Sense of Beauty

    The Sense of Beauty

    The Sense of Beauty: Being the Outline of Aesthetic Theory is a philosophical book by George Santayana. It was originally published in 1896 and is considered as the brightest work on aesthetics since Plato.

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    Albert Jones
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This philosopical book has more confident quotes. "
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    #14Plato's Camera

    Plato's Camera

    Plato's Camera: How the Physical Brain Captures a Landscape of Abstract Universals is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Paul M. Churchland. It was published January 20, 2012 by The MIT Press.

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    Kelly Schultz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "As far as philosophy goes, this isn't the best choice, but it isn't the worst choice either. It's a solid read. "
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    #15The Philosophy Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Philosophy Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The History Book by Will Buckingham is a philosophical novel originally published in 2011. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series published by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff.

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    Moisés Peña
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love the cover of this book. It seems like an essential intro to history, concepts and philosophy. I like the info graphics and looks like a very enjoyable read."
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    #16The Record of Linji

    The Record of Linji

    The Record of Linji is a nonfiction philosophical book about Zen Buddhism written by Línjì Yìxuán, Thomas Yuho Kirchner, and Ruth Fuller Sasaki. This nonfiction philosophical book was published on October 31, 2008 by University of Hawaii Press.

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    Justin Lopez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Certainly this is among the most important readings in the Zen Bhuddism style. But for most readers this is likely above there study level. really for the scholarly and highly familiar investigator. i think if I was to include zen in an overview of readings I would supply a slightly less intense work."
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    #17Hamlet and Oedipus

    Hamlet and Oedipus

    Hamlet and Oedipus is a non-fiction book written by Alfred Ernest Jones which as it investigates Hamlet’s mind relating to the general psychological conditions. 

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    Denise Ryan
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you have ever wondered on Hamlet, the greatest story of theaters, then you should try to read this book that gives such a good relation of the psychological situation of the drama. It is very detailed and shows exactly how the subconcious of a human being works in such situations."
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    #18Philosophy of Mind (Dimensions of Philosophy)

    Philosophy of Mind (Dimensions of Philosophy)
    Philosophy of Mind (Dimensions of Philosophy) is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Jaegwon Kim. It was published July 29, 2005 by Routledge.
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    Rose Martin
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "As far as philosophy books go, this one is more for beginners. You do not want to be overwhelmed with the vast details behind philosophy just want an introduction, this is a good book for that"
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    #19The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation (MIT Press)

    The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation (MIT Press)

    The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation (MIT Press) is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Peter Tse. It was published February 22, 2013 by The MIT Press.

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    Arnav Das
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book. it's a college course type of book that if you are interested in the subject you may enjoy. probably not for everyone though."
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    #20At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

    At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

    At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell is a biographical novel originally published in March 2016. This book tackles the concept of existentialism movement.

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    Melissa Ford
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I am not sure this book would interest me much. Although it has great reviews and can be purchased to read either in book form or on phone, I just don't have much interest in the existenialism movement. While philosophy is the great debate, I am just not sure the setting and such is really neccessary. Not sure that it would hold my attention."
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    #21From Axons to Identity

    From Axons to Identity

    From Axons to Identity: Neurological Explorations of the Nature of the Self is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Todd E. Feinberg MD. IT was published August 3, 2009 by W.W. Norton & Company.

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    Cherry Xiao
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This was incredibly hard to get through and i found myself lost often. Itis still good and educational so I do recommend it. "
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    #22Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

    Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
    Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind is a Philosophical, Psychological Neuroscience reference book written by Tim Crane. It was published October 25, 2001 by Oxford University Press.
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    Joshua Shaw
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is an in depth discussion of intentional versus qualitative mental phenomena. Tim Crane takes a different stance in how he deals with the philosophical questions, and it's an intriguing treatment of the issues. For anyone looking for an overview of intentionality, this is a must read book."
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    #23The Mind–Body Problem (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    The Mind–Body Problem (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    The Mind–Body Problem (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is a philosophy reference book written by Jonathan Westphal. It was published September 30, 2016 by The MIT Press.

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    Louis Foster
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The subject of this book is an interesting philosophical question. One that I pose to my students at the beginning of the class. Is the mind physical? The answers within might amaze you. "

Summary

Best What are the best must read Philosophy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday LifeBooks 26 Paid
2I Am ThatBooks 18 Paid
3The Aesthetics of MusicBooks 15 Paid
4The Philosophy of ArtBooks 13 Paid
5Being and TimeBooks 12 Paid
6Beyond Good and EvilBooks 12 Paid
7Das KapitalBooks 8 Paid
8Elements of the Philosophy of RightBooks 7 Paid
9The Book of Elven Magick: The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie ElvesBooks 6 Paid
10The Complete Idiot's Guide to PhilosophyBooks 5 Paid
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