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Philosophy - Books - I own

There are very many books about philosophy and no living person can have read more than a very small percentage of them.

Here is a commented list of interesting books from my own philosophical library. It is listed alphabetically by author - sofar  up to the letter "M".

I list the editions I have (that may be translations) but also give the - approximate - first year of publication (since I don't care for entries like "Aristotle's Ethics - 1966").

Maarten Maartensz       
last update: Aug 30 2003
       

 

 

Writer

Title

Publisher

Year

Description

Diverse

Moralistes Francois (Pascal, La Rochefoucault, Bruyere, Vauvenargues)

Lefevre

 

 1834

Very nice collection: These ancient Frenchmen were eminently sensible

Achinstein P. (Ed.)

The Concept of Evidence

Oxford U.P.

1983

Useful essays by various academic philosophers about "evidence"

Adler M.J.

How to Read a Book

Simon and Schuster

1940

Too thick, but worth taking a look at

Angeles P. (Ed.)

Critiques of God

Prometheus Books

1976

Useful essays by many well-known philosophers who don't believe or doubt

Angeles P.A.

Dictionary of Philosophy

Harper&Row

1981

Good short dictionary: many clear short good definitions

Aquinas T.

The Pocket Aquinas

Washington Square

1960

Good selection. I am an atheist, but Aquinas had a fine mind

Aristotle

The Categories & on Interpretation

Loeb

 

THE Philosopher (there are many other editions, and there is an excellent introduction to Aristotle by Sir David Ross, also in this list)

Aristotle

Ethics

Penguin

 

Aristotle

Politics

Penguin

 

Aristotle

Posterior Analytics + Topics

Loeb

 

Aristotle

De Anima (On the Sou)

Penguin

 

Aristotle

Metaphysics Books I-IX

Loeb

 

Armour L.

The Concept of Truth

Van Gorcum

1969

Non-technical and sensible

Armstrong D.M

What is a Law of Nature?

Cambridge U.P.

1983

Australian realist with sensible ideas. These four books all hang together. His theory of universals at least makes sense, is informed and faces the issues.

Armstrong D.M.

Belief, Truth and Knowledge

Cambridge U.P.

1973

Armstrong D.M.

Universals and Scientific Realism.I.

Cambridge U.P.

1978

Armstrong D.M.

A Theory of Universals.II.

Cambridge U.P.

1978

Aster E. v.

Geschichte der Philosophie

Kroner

 

Classic German text that is adequate until 1900

Aurelius M.

Meditations

Penguin

111

The only emperor who was a real philosopher: Very well worth reading

Ayer A.J.

Metaphysics and Common Sense

MacMillan

1969

I don't like Ayer's neo-positivism, but these are useful and sensible

Ayer A.J.

The Central Questions of Philosophy

Penguin

1973

Bacon F.

The Essayes or Counsels Civill & Morall of Francis bacon Lord Verulam

Everyman's

1597

Extra-ordinarily well written

Berkeley G.

A New Theory of Vision and Other Writings

Everyman's Library

1709

These are the basic texts of Berkeley.

Berkeley G.

The Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues

Fontana

1710

Berlin I.

Concepts and Categories

Viking

1979

Berlin recently died. This collection is from the 30-ies and shows him refuting then current academic philosophy

Bochenski I.M.

Die zeitgenossischen Denkmethoden

Francke

1954

Bochenski was a Catholic friar with a clear mind and a great logical knowledge

Boetie E. d.l.

De vrijwillige slavernij

Onze Tijd

1577

Montaigne's friend explains why most people like to follow leaders

Borel E.

Le Hasard

Felix Alcan

1914

Very clear non-technical text by one of the mathematical founders of probability

Boscovich R.J.

A Theory of Natural Philosophy

MIT Press

1758

Classic in clearheaded mathematical speculation

Broad C.D.

The Mind and its Place in Nature

Kegan Paul etc.

1937

Still the best book on philosophy of mind by a philosopher who is less well-known than he ought to be, followed by a useful introduction to Leibniz

Broad C.D.

Leibniz - An introduction

Cambridge U.P.

1975

Bronowksi J.

The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination

Yale U.P.

1983

Three texts on the themes of science and humanity. A bit popular, but not bad.

Bronowski J.

Science and Human Values

Harper & Row

1956

Bronowski J.

The Identity of Man

Natural History Press

1965

Bunge M.

Causality and Modern Science

Dover

1959

For those who want to talk about causation and know what they mean

Bunge M.

Method, Model and Matter

Reidel

1973

Essays leading up to the next items

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 1

Reidel

 

These are a lot of pages explaining Bunge's version of scientific realism. Most academic philosophers don't like it for lots of reasons, some good, some bad, but none of them has done anything remotely like it. Does require good knowledge of mathematical logic.

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 2

Reidel

 

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 3

Reidel

 

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 4

Reidel

 

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 5

Reidel

 

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 6

Reidel

 

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 7.I

Reidel

 

Bunge M.

Treatise on Basic Philosophy 7.II

Reidel

 

Burtt E.A.

The Methaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science

Routledge and Kegan Paul

1924

Classic very clear text

Burtt E.A.

In Search of Philosophic Understanding

New American Lib

1965

Burtt was Christian but undogmatic and rational

Butcher S.H.

Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art

Dover

 

Shows how sensible Aristotle may be on these subjects

Campbell K.

Metaphysics: An Introduction

Dickenson

1976

Useful introduction that uses some logic

Carnap R.

Der Logische Aufbau der Welt

Ullstein

1928

Classic by Carnap, criticized by Goodman's "Structure of Appearance"

Chan W.T.

A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy

Princeton U.P.

1963

Excellent collection

Cohen and Nagel

An Introduction to Logic and Scientific Method

Routledge & Kegan Paul

1934

Old and non-technical, but eminently sensible and well worth reading

Coley N.G. + Ed.

Darwin to Einstein: Primary Sources on Science & Belief

Longman

1980

Collection of essays used in the Open University

Confucius

The Sayings of Confucius

New American Library

-500

Down to earth Chinese humanism

Cornman J.W.

Scepticism, Justification and Explanation

Reidel

1980

Two rather technical books full of very thorough clear discussions and arguments

Cornman J.W.

Materialism and Sensations

Yale U.P.

1971

Craik K.

The Nature of Explanation

Cambridge U.P.

1943

Classic thin book that explains explaining

Curtis Jr. C.P. +

The Practical Cogitator or The Thinker's Anthology

Houghton Mifflin

1945

Selection by erudite non-philosophers full of excellent quotations

D'Alembert J. le R.

Discours Preliminaire de l'Encyclopedie

Gonthier

1759

Noble words and fine sentiments by a mathematician and philosopher

Dasgupta S.

A History of Indian Philosophy

Banarsidass

1922

This is an excellent collection of texts for those who want to know what Indian philosophy is really about by an Indian Sanskrit scholar. On some subjects more thorough than most would want to know, but it shows the Indians had fine minds and an impressive philosophical tradition

Dasgupta S.

A History of Indian Philosophy.I.

Banarsidass

1922

Dasgupta S.

A History of Indian Philosophy.II.

Banaridass

1922

Dasgupta S.

A History of Indian Philosophy.III.

Banarsidass

1922

Dasgupta S.

A History of Indian Philosophy.IV.

Banarsidass

1922

Descartes R.

The Philosophical Works of Descartes.I.

Cambridge U.P.

1911

Two volumes of selections and translations, that also include contemporary ciricism of Descartes i.a. by Hobbes and Gassendi

Devine E. (Ed.)

Thinkers of the 20th Century

Firethorn Press

1985

Excepting a few (Russell, Broad, Ramsey a.o.) this makes depressive reading

Diderot D.

Jacques de fatalist en zijn meester

Spectrum

1796

Very humorous, witty and picardic text about fatalism and free will

Diderot D.

Zur Interpretation der Natur

Reclam

 

I like Diderot a lot. The middle one of these three is most accessible and still topical.

Diderot D.

Rameau's Nephew & D'Alembert's Dream

Penguin

1780

Diderot D. (Ed.)

Encyclopedie ou dictionnaire raisonne etc.

J'ai Lu

1760

Dijksterhuis E.J.

De Mechanisering van het Wereldbeeld

Meulenhoff

1950

Classic by a Dutchman about the growth of science

Duhem P.

The aim and structure of physical theory

Atheneum

1914

Classic by a Frenchman about the growth of science

Duncan R. + Ed.

Marx Refuted

 

1987

Good collection of essays except for containing too much of Mrs. Thatcher

Edel A.

Science and the Structure of Ethics

Chicago U.P.

1961

Clearly discusses what values and science have to do with each other

Edwards P. (Ed.)

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Vol 1&2

MacMillan

1967

The best encyclopedia of philosophy I know, and necessary for anyone who wants to discuss philosophy in a serious way.

Edwards P. (Ed.)

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Vol 3&4

MacMillan

1967

Edwards P. (Ed.)

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Vol 5&6

MacMillan

1967

Edwards P. (Ed.)

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Vol 7&8

MacMillan

1967

Egner R.E. (Ed.) +

The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell

Simon & Schuster

1961

Good selection from Russell's enormous output.

Einstein A.

Mein Weltbild

Ullstein

1935

Popular, but more sensible than most academic philosophers

Ellis B.

Basic Concepts of Measurement

Cambridge U.P.

1966

Clear, thin and not too technical

Epictetus

Discourses

Bell & Sons

100

How to be a stoic

 

Writer

Title

Publisher

Year

Description

Farrington B.

Greek Science - Its Meaning for Us

Penguin

1944

 On how sensible the Ancient Greeks were

Feibleman J.K.

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Charles S. Peirce

MIT Press

1946

Good summary and excerpt of Peirce's philosophy

Feigl H.

The "Mental" and the "Physical"

Minnesota U.P>

1958

Former neo-positivist on the problems of the mind

Feynman R.P.

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Bantam

1985

Mostly non-philosophiical but funny.

Findlay J.N.

Wittgenstein: A Critique

Routledge

1984

Former pupil of Wittgenstein explains what's wrong with Wittgenstein's thinking

Franklin B.

Autobiography and Other Writings

 

 

Common sense, mostly, but not, therefore, nonsense

Fraser J.T.

The Voices of Time

MIT Press

1966

Two collections of essays by all kinds of specialists on the riddles of time

Fraser J.T.

Of Time, Passion, and Knowledge

Braziller

1975

Galilei G.

Dialogues concerning two sciences

McGraw-Hill

1638

Very well-written foundations of modern science

Gardner M.

Order & Surprise

Oxford U.P.

1983

Three books of essays by someone anyone interested in science, mathematics or philosophy should read.

Gardner M.

Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus

Avon

1981

Gardner M.

The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener

Oxford U.P.

1983

Geach P.

Mental Acts

Routledge

1957

On thinking and how to talk about it

Gellner E.

Words and Things

Penguin

1959

Shows why Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations" is a maze of nonsense

Goodman N.

Problems and Projects

Bobbs-Merrill

1972

Essays on metaphysics and other topics by an original American mind (with a love for alliteration)

Goodman N.

Ways of Worldmaking

Harvester

1978

Goodman N.

The Structure of Appearance

Reidel

1951

 Critique of Carnap's "Logische Aufbau". Deep, difficult and technical

Goodman N.

Languages of Art

Hackett

1976

Essays on art

Goudge T.A.

The Thought of C.S. Peirce

Dover

1950

Another good introduction to Peirce, by a biologist

Hanson N.R.

Patterns of Discovery

Cambridge U.P.

1958

 On what physicists really do, when they are not in textbooks (and doing physics)

Harper W.L. (Ed.) +

Foundations of Probability Theory, Statistiscal Inference, and statistical theories of science. I.

Reidel

1976

Technical essays by specialists about fundamental issues

Hasenjaeger G.

Introduction to the Basic Concepts and Problems of Modern Logic

Reidel

1962

Excellent introduction to mathematical logic, very useful as first introduction to the subject

Hobbes T.

Leviathan

Penguin

1651

Very well-written classic of philosophical materialism

Hospers J.

An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis

Routledge

1956

How to do philosophy without talking too much nonsense

Hume D.

A Treatise on Human Nature

Penguin

1739

Classic skeptical text (but full of holes)

Hume D.

Enquiries conderning Human Understanding and the Principles of Morals

Oxford U.p.

1777

The former abbreviated and rewritten. The Principles of Morals ought to be more read and are more sensible and less skeptical

Hume D.

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Hafner

1779

Skeptical refutation of nearly all religions

Hutchins R.M. Ed

The Great Conversation

 

1952

An explanation of what science and philosophy and civilization are about

Hutchins R.M. Ed

The Great Ideas - Syntopicon I

 

1952

Same as before: a commented list of key-terms in the history of ideas

Hutchins R.M. Ed

The Great Ideas - Syntopicon II

 

1952

Hutchins R.M. Ed

The Great Ideas - Syntopicon I

 

1952

Hutchins R.M. Ed

The Great Ideas - Syntopicon II

 

1952

Huxley A.

Literature and Science

Chatto & Windus

1963

An original mind, sometimes woolly but always well-written and worth reading

Huxley A.

Science, Liberty and Peace

Chatto & Windus

1950

Huxley A.

The Human Situation

Panther

1978

Jackson F.

Perception

Cambridge U.P.

1977

A sensible philosophical theory of perception

Johnson A.B.

A Treatise on Language

Dover

1836

American Wittgensteinian avant la lettre with original ideas and approaches

Kant I.

Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

Libr. of Liberal Arts

1783

I don't like Kant and this is the most digestible version of what he thought he was up to

Kaufmann W.

Nietzsche - Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist

Princeton U.P.

1950

Best book about Nietzsche, with many good translations of quotations of him

Klausner N.W. +

Philosophy: The Study of Alternative Beliefs

MacMillan

1961

Best introduction to philosophy I read