Recommended reading

booksIf you are thinking of applying to read Philosophy, you are very strongly advised to read some books on the subject, since nothing else can give you a realistic idea of what it is like. Here is a list of suggested reading (Recommded Reading PDF). The following are recommended:

  • T Nagel What Does It All Mean? and Mortal Questions
  • R. Martin There are Two Errors in the The Title of this Book
  • T Crane Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
  • M Morris An Introduction to The Philosophy of Language
  • P Smith An Introduction to Formal Logic

There are some very good philosophy podcasts available for free. As well as the  long-running Philosophy Bites, try Peter Adamson’s The History of Philosophy with No Gaps.  Or try these Ten Minute Puzzles.  The BBC Radio 4 series The Philosopher’s Arms has some interesting episodes.

For the Formal Logic part of the first year course the Faculty now uses the following book:

forallx:Cambridge version.

It is available online for free at

Try it and see how you get on.

Or you might try some classic texts in the history of philosophy:

  • Plato Republic
  • R Descartes Meditations
  • D Hume Enquiries
  • J S Mill Utilitarianism and On Liberty

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