What is this thing called metaphysics?
Boris Veganofsky wrote:I'd like to get a bit more into philosophy but I'm not sure where to start. I realize that is extremely vague. I already own the following (mostly picked up from the street):
Critique of Pure Reason by Kant
Tractatus logico-philosophicus by Wittgenstein
Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men by Rousseau
Discourse on the Method by Descartes
Dialectics of Nature by Engels
Stoicism by John Sellars
My experience with philosophy is limited to some formal logic, Pirsig's ZAMM and some bits of Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics we covered in high school humanities classes, and some discussions with people who have actually studied philosophy that I could only somewhat follow by referring to Wikipedia.
Any recommendations on where to start? Preferably books from the list above, or from the public domain, or that I can likely find at a university library.
by Brian Garrett.
You'll probably want some sort of intro on philosophy of language - because that sort of analysis is such a useful tool to have available for reading other philosophy. Philosophy of Language a Contemporary Introduction
by William G. Lycan is a good choice in that regard.Social and Political Philosophy: Classical Western Texts in Feminist and Multicultural Perspectives
by James P Sterba
Something by Nietzsche is good just because his philosophy is so massively different to a lot of what surrounds it. Beyond Good and Evil
is, I think, my favourite work by him. Don't try to construct his work into a system, it doesn't work that way - it's just something you read and pick the good ideas out of.The Wealth of Nations
is obviously a good touching stone for any social philosophy to get some sort of idea of where the ideas went and sort of where they're coming from.
I would read them in the order given above.