From books on the Presocratics and ancient Chinese philosophy to the most recently published masterpieces, our Five Books philosophy section contains recommendations of all the great works. You can use our reading lists to find some of the best philosophy books ever written, recommended by key experts in the field.
We’ve tried to provide reading recommendations for the great philosophers (books by or about Kant, Plato, Hume), some of the important schools of philosophy (books on existentialism, Stoicism, pragmatism) and also tried to maintain the ancient tradition of philosophy not as an academic subject, but as a way to lead your life (see our interviews and book recommendations on the Art of Living, the Meaning of Life or the Philosophy of Everyday Living). If you’re new to philosophy, it might be best to start with our ‘Introductions to Philosophy,’ with recommendations of books that introduce you to philosophical ways of thinking.
Our philosophy interviews and book recommendations are edited by the British philosopher, Nigel Warburton.