A List Of Philosophy Notes

The Love of Knowledge and Wisdom

Philosophy includes five fields of study: esthetics; ethics; metaphysics; logic and politics

Foreword:  Philosophy, as the reader knows, has been defined as “the love of knowledge and wisdom”; it is generally divided into five fields of study:  esthetics (the ideal form of beauty); ethics (the ideal form of conduct); logic (the ideal form of reasoning); metaphysics (that which is above nature, including religion); politics (the ideal form of government).  The list belows covers only those that I’ve read (or re-read) within the past decade (omitting endless classics including Marcus Aurieus, Epictetus, Plato, Aristotle, my beloved Voltaire and so many others, the 80% that I read before I began to take notes), and, from the recent decade, only those which seemed worthy of mentioning (as especially good or disturbingly bad).  So please do not think that this list represents my view of the philosophic books most worthy of your attention.  It is, rather, a list of examples or samples.  For those not familiar with philosophy, I importune you to try it; begin with that lovely introduction, The Story of Philosophy (by the august historian, Will Durant); it is a written in a breezy, easy-to-follow style; you'll love it.

Age of Reason – Paine Analects of Confucius Art of Living – Epictetus - Lebell As A Man Thinketh – Allen Authentic Confucius - Chin Baghavad Gita Buddhism Concise History Can Man Live without God – Zacharias Causes of Anti-Semitism - Blech Confucius Wisdom – Wilson Dialogues of Natural Religion – Hume Discourses – Epictetus End of [Violent] Faith – Harris Enquiry on Human Understanding – Hume Gnostic Bible God the Evidence – Glynn Good Muslim, Bad Muslim – Mamdani Guide to the Bible – Easley Islam – Bloom and Blaire Jesus Other Gods – Zacharias Greatest Minds – Durant Happiness Hypothesis - Haidt Hinduism – Johnson History of God - Armstrong Humanism – Lamont
Koran Language of God – Collins Lao Tzu – Hendricks Lotus and Cross – Zacharias Man without a Country - Vonnegut Market for Liberty – Tannehill Mere Christianity – Lewis Misquoting Jesus – Erman Paths to God – The Gita - Dass Stoics’ Loving Guide to Living Symbols of Buddhism – Levenson Tao – Cleary Torah – Sharfstein Upanishads Torah Translation - Scharfstein Treatise on Tolerance – Voltaire Walden – Thoreau What Kind of World – Lord Why Not a Christian – Russell World’s Living Religions – Baum

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