7 Books to Read (After Your Intro to Philosophy Class)

Did you enjoy your Philosophy course?   Here are books I recommend to students who want to continue thinking about topics from the class:

1. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.  This is a lovely read that covers the story of Philosophy from the Ancient Greeks to the Existentialists.

2. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin.  If you enjoyed Descartes, then you’ll like this short science fiction on the power of dreams.

3. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs.  Fancy a charming read and brushing up on your knowledge of the Bible?

4. Socrates Buddha Confucius Jesus by Karl Jaspers.  A brief yet interesting book that compares the life and teachings of these thinkers.

5. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin.  For those interested in Identity theory and racial justice (and/or extraordinary journalism).

6. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  Not explicitly Philosophy, but you could use your knowledge of Utilitarian Theory when reading about the very real conundrums described in this book.

7. When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom.  What if Nietzsche went through psychoanalysis?  This one is for the Psychology majors and Existentialist enthusiasts.

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One response to “7 Books to Read (After Your Intro to Philosophy Class)

  • turnipsforbreakfast

    Why the World Looks Different in other languages sounds interesting. Although I guess it’s not just language that influences how we see the world, it’s just one lens that our perceptions pass through..

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