Recommended Reading List

This list, which is also found at the back of my book, Letters From a Dissident Philosopher, has been compiled for anyone who is interested in accessing those selections of classic literature that will aid them on their journey. What journey? Why, the journey of life, of course.


Meditations
Marcus Aurelius

The God Problem
Howard Blum

The Myth of Sisyphus
The Plague
The Rebel
The Stranger
Albert Camus

On the Heights of Despair
Emil Cioran

Discourse on the Method
Meditations on First Philosophy
Passions of the Soul
Principles of Philosophy
René Descartes

Slouching Towards Bethlehem
The White Album
Joan Didion

Notes from Underground
The Idiot
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nature and Selected Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Essential Epicurus
Epicurus

The Elegant Universe
Brian Greene

Historical Ontology
Ian Hacking

A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking

Elements of the Philosophy of Right
Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences
Science of Logic
The Phenomenology of Spirit
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Being and Time
Contributions to Philosophy
Ontology
The Question Concerning the Thing
What is Called Thinking?
Martin Heidegger

Elements of Philosophy
Leviathan
Thomas Hobbes

A Treatise of Human Nature
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
David Hume

A Pluralistic Universe
The Meaning of Truth
William James

The Trial
The Zürau Aphorisms
Franz Kafka

Critique of Power and Judgement
Critique of Pure Reason
Groundwork of Metaphysics and Morals
Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime
Immanuel Kant

On the Road
The Dharma Bums
The Subterraneans
Jack Kerouac

Either/Or
The Concept of Anxiety
The Sickness Unto Death
Søren Kierkegaard

Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzu

A Philosopher’s Creed
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
John Locke

Metaphysic: In Three Books
Hermann Lotze

On the Nature of Things
Lucretius

The Awakened Heart
Gerald May [1]

The Neurotic’s Notebook
Mignon McLaughlin

On Liberty
John Stuart Mill

Essays
Michel de Montaigne

The Complete Works
John Muir

Principia
Sir Isaac Newton

Beyond Good and Evil
Human, All Too Human
On the Genealogy of Morality
On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense
The Gay Science
The Will to Power
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Untimely Meditations
Friedrich Nietzsche

Common Sense
Thomas Paine

Pensées
Blaise Pascal

The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Robert M. Pirsig

Apology
Euthyphro
Meno
Nicomachean Ethics
Republic
Symposium
Plato

Natural History
Pliny the Elder

Discourse on the Arts and Sciences
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A History of Western Philosophy
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays
Bertrand Russell

Cosmos
Carl Sagan

Being and Nothingness
Existentialism and Humanism
The Age of Reason
Jean-Paul Sartre

Essays and Aphorisms
On the Freedom of the Will
The World as Will and Representation
Arthur Schopenhauer

The Moral Epistles
Seneca the Younger

Ethics
Baruch Spinoza

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Excursions
Life Without Principle
Walden
Walking
Henry David Thoreau

Candide
Philosophical Dictionary
Zadig, or The Book of Fate
Voltaire

Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman

On Certainty
Philosophical Investigations
Ludwig Wittgenstein


[1] Despite this book’s blatant Christian undertones, I do heartily recommend it.

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