21 June 2010

The Reading List

Here’s what I’m reading:

Kant: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton

Probably the first of several introductions to Kant that I’ll be reading to warm up for the Critique of Pure Reason itself.

Modern Philosophy also by Roger Scruton

This book is one of the reasons for my re-awakened interest in philosophy. The problem is that, to really understand the arguments that Scruton glides over, each paragraph spawns another half dozen books to add to the list.

On Sense and Reference by Gottlob Frege

This paper from 1892 is a founding work of the philosophy of language and the analytic tradition that has been dominant in the English-speaking countries ever since. It is written with beautiful clarity, and is fairly non-technical. I’ll probably be saying more about it once I fully digest it.

Logic by Wilfrid Hodges.

I’m working through this book’s exercises over at

And here’s what I’ve got to come:

Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes.

Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous by George Berkeley.

Naming and Necessity by Saul Kripke.

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophical Investigations also by Wittgenstein

The World as Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer.

And of course:

Critique of Pure Reason by good old Kant.

NOTE (July 2011): My reading list is being constantly revised. A better, more recent list is here

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