Philosophy books for beginners

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Which are some good philosophy books for beginners by famous writers like Aristotle and Einstein. I don't know the ABC of philosophy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wooten
    Aristotle is definitely NOT for beginners. It very depends in what exactly you are interested Because different philosophers have different point of views. It should read about different "ideologies" in wikipedia and then try to search by authors. That is my advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author DesignDevelopment
      There is no philosophy for Beginners and no such thing as beginning with Philosophy or in philosophy, its simply building your own thoughts on random things from scratch and shaping the ideologies of others into it.
      hope that makes sense
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    • Profile picture of the author opportunist86
      Originally Posted by Wooten View Post

      Aristotle is definitely NOT for beginners. It very depends in what exactly you are interested Because different philosophers have different point of views. It should read about different "ideologies" in wikipedia and then try to search by authors. That is my advice.
      You mean first I should choose subject of interest and then read some related book of good authors?
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    the bible ..usually where beginners start and stop ..

    a lot of the new age stuff is really repackaged old beliefs
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    • Profile picture of the author opportunist86
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      the bible ..usually where beginners start and stop ..

      a lot of the new age stuff is really repackaged old beliefs
      What is that new age stuff?
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    • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      the bible ..usually where beginners start and stop ..

      a lot of the new age stuff is really repackaged old beliefs
      The BIBLE?? That is religion, not philosophy. That covers a SINGLE religion: Christianity. Philosophy is an encompassing subject which takes into account many different ideologies and touches on many peripheral subjects.
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  • Profile picture of the author icegin
    Like Wooten said, it really depends on what you're interested in. There isn't an ABC to philosophy since the term encompasses so many beliefs and ideas -- many of which contradict each other.

    I'm not sure what kind of book you're really looking for but a few years ago I read one titled The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton. It's quite interesting and very accessible to readers, though the focus is limited to the search for happiness and it draws from the philosophies of six individuals: Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is also a good read.

    I wouldn't recommend diving right into the works of people like Nietzsche though.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOFriendlies
    Anything that starts with "Introduction to Philosophy" is probably good enough. Go to your neighborhood library, get one of these books and just start reading.

    Then, when you get confused enough, go to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - they'll definitely clarify whatever doubts you have from reading philosophy. I stand by this statement of mine; you have no idea how these websites saved me when I was doing Aesthetics.

    That being said, don't be afraid to dive right into a philosophical text! There are great philosophers out there that are easier to read than others - I personally recommend Hume, although his way of expressing certain things is a little different from ours (he writers "a person wants of" instead of "a person lacks").

    If you are doing philosophy of religion, though, I have a very good recommendation for you: Philosophy of Religion by William L. Rowe. This book is just... excellent! Plus it's a very easy read - you'll understand everything probably in just one read through, which is kind of a rare thing in philosophy.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobbieT
    Start by doing an online search for some philosophical quotes and get a feel for what different people offer.

    If you find that you are attracted to quotes by a particular person then see if your library has a couple of books written by them

    Have fun.

    Take good care of those that you love.

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    • Profile picture of the author Nate D
      I've been taking college classes....For me - just reading the basic Intro to Philosophy book was rather enlightening.
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      • Profile picture of the author opportunist86
        Originally Posted by Nate D View Post

        I've been taking college classes....For me - just reading the basic Intro to Philosophy book was rather enlightening.
        Which one precisely?
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  • Profile picture of the author wordcatcher
    My recommendation is Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant.
    Immanuel Kant is the world's most precise philosopher, poetic, prophetic and achingly, simply complex.
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    • Profile picture of the author opportunist86
      Originally Posted by wordcatcher View Post

      My recommendation is Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant.
      Immanuel Kant is the world's most precise philosopher, poetic, prophetic and achingly, simply complex.
      Great mate! What actually this book focuses on?
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  • Profile picture of the author MPPTrainer
    In my opinion, you want philosophy to make you prime and ready for life, read Ayn Rand, go back to Napoleon Hill and Wallace D. Wattles, move back to Friedrich Nietzsche, move back a bit further to Benjamin Franklin's works, and then go to Aristotle. These are at least the authors I've used to truly help better myself for happiness, life, and wealth.

    Now, if you're looking for heavy philosophy for the sake of examining your mind, Jean Paul Sartre Being and Nothingness is the Existential Bible, David Hume was a great Impericist, Imanuel Kant was overall brilliant, the father's of Philosophy Aristotle and Plato are intriguing and thought provoking over all.
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    • Profile picture of the author opportunist86
      Originally Posted by MPPTrainer View Post

      In my opinion, you want philosophy to make you prime and ready for life, read Ayn Rand, go back to Napoleon Hill and Wallace D. Wattles, move back to Friedrich Nietzsche, move back a bit further to Benjamin Franklin's works, and then go to Aristotle. These are at least the authors I've used to truly help better myself for happiness, life, and wealth.

      Now, if you're looking for heavy philosophy for the sake of examining your mind, Jean Paul Sartre Being and Nothingness is the Existential Bible, David Hume was a great Impericist, Imanuel Kant was overall brilliant, the father's of Philosophy Aristotle and Plato are intriguing and thought provoking over all.
      I'd like to read Plato or Aristotle. But which are their easy and worth reading books that would be better for a newbie like me?
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  • Profile picture of the author apurvmat
    One of the best philosophical pieces I've ever read is from the author Ayn Rand.
    Check out the books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead!
    Really practical and positive stuff.
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    • Profile picture of the author DGFletcher
      For an Internet Marketer, Nietzsche, but take it SLOW!

      I got stuck taking a required Philosophy course for college and Aristotle's kinda useless for IM, Kant's downright destructive, Hume just doesn't make any sense to me anyway, Utilitarianism's great but kinda a 'yes and so what??'.

      Then I got talking to the Philosophy majors about Nietzsche. That's been incredibly helpful in my IM stuff. He has 2 concepts: "good versus evil compared to good versus bad, you want to be on the good versus bad side" and "become what you are".

      Very very useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr.Daydream
    Wayne Dyer is awesome for any newbie. Get his audio programs and not just his books. He also did a special on ABC I believe which was very very good
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr.Daydream
    I would also highly recommend Les Brown. He is straight to the point and highly motivational
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  • Profile picture of the author ronaldfurry12
    great post
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  • Profile picture of the author jubril58
    think and grow rich, As man thinketh,
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