elizabeth hackett

anonymous asked:

Reading recommendation that's accessible to someone who's never formally studied philosophy, but would like to if they had the chance?

Starting philosophy can be pretty overwhelming, so I usually recommend starting with popular books or secondary texts. You probably won’t get much out of picking up Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ without any history or context of his ideas. Straight philosophy can be extremely difficult and dense. It’s a worthy goal to understand though, because the concepts are eye-opening and mind-bending. Totally worth it. To start out, I’d go with ‘History of Western Philosophy’ by Bertrand Russell, ‘The Story of Philosophy’ by Will Durant, 'Worldviews’ by Richard DeWitt,, and 'The Elements of Moral Philosophy’ and 'The Right Thing to Do’ by James Rachels. If you do want to read some direct texts, I’d recommend Plato’s 'Apology’, Marcus Aurelius’ 'Meditations’, or Descartes’ 'Meditations on First Philosophy’. These are pretty foundational texts. Or go with some anthologies of original work like '18th-Century Philosophy’ by Lewis Beck and  'Theorizing Feminisms’ by Elizabeth Hackett.