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50 Philosophy Classics

Type: Preset list created by PlaidStallion

Description: Books listed in 50 Philosophy Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon

Members: 2 participating members (show all)

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1
1,577 members, 30 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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PlaidStallion (30): (ACTING) The purpose of politics is not simply to protect economic or personal freedom, it should make us better people and enshrine moral values. There are things money cannot buy.… (more)

2
19,837 members, 216 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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PlaidStallion (23): (ACTING) The good ruler will build a strong and successful state that provides prosperity and peace for its citizens; maintaining it sometimes requires action at odds with the morals of the day.… (more)

3
18,475 members, 117 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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PlaidStallion (25): (ACTING) What you believe to be true may be only a poor and distorted reflection of reality. Philosophy opens the door to higher knowledge, which can be used to serve your state and community.… (more)

4
8,651 members, 190 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

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PlaidStallion (15): (THINKING) Because the way we think determines what we know, psychological research plays an important part in the search for philosophical truth.… (more)

5
8,491 members, 49 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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PlaidStallion (2): (BEING) Happiness comes from expressing what we have rationally decided is good for us over the longer term. Happiness is not pleasure, but a by-product of a meaningful life.… (more)

6
7,346 members, 172 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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PlaidStallion (34): (THINKING) We want to make the world seem an orderly place, but the frequency of truly unexpected events should tell us that we do not really know what causes things.… (more)

7
6,984 members, 79 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

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PlaidStallion (19): (SEEING) Rather than a linear accumulation of facts, knowledge can be seen as the replacement of one worldview with another.

8
5,540 members, 34 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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PlaidStallion (16): (ACTING) In a rational world based on science, is there a place for moral law?

9
4,634 members, 41 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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PlaidStallion (28): (ACTING) A free society raises up and ennobles its citizens, but also entails giving up some of our personal liberty for the needs of the whole.

10
4,242 members, 16 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

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PlaidStallion (31): (BEING) There is no essential nature at the heart of our being. We are free to invent a self and create a life as we wish.

11
4,104 members, 29 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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PlaidStallion (24): As we have little to lose by a belief in a higher power, and plenty to gain if it is true, it is rational that we believe.

12
3,646 members, 31 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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PlaidStallion (12): (BEING) Human existence is a mystery, and the authentic person is one who reflects on that mystery and yet lives in the real world, making the most of their possibilities.… (more)

13
3,453 members, 29 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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PlaidStallion (17): Total trust in an absolute or spiritual reality is not a weakness, but is life’s highest expression.

14
3,266 members, 20 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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PlaidStallion (14): (THINKING) We can never assume that an effect is the result of a certain cause, or that a certain cause will have a definite effect. Humans like to see patterns and interpret stories from events, but there is no causal necessity between objects (or at least not as far as the human senses are able to tell).… (more)

15
3,231 members, 16 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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PlaidStallion (8): Every age has unconscious assumptions about how the world is ordered, making the flavor of knowledge quite different from one era to another.

16
3,004 members, 18 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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PlaidStallion (35): (SEEING) Language is about meaning, not words. Yet language cannot express every kind of meaning.

17
2,709 members, 21 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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PlaidStallion (27): (ACTING) The best societies are those that do not simply offer personal freedom, but lessen the lottery of life by giving fair chances for all.

18
2,704 members, 59 reviews
3.35 stars (3.35 stars)

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PlaidStallion (9): Bullshit pervades our culture and we need to know how it is different from lying.

19
2,586 members, 17 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

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PlaidStallion (11): (SEEING) The real story of human development is not scientific advance, or “discovery of the world,” but rather the awareness of consciousness itself and the way it seeks expression through people, politics, art, and institutions.… (more)

20
2,362 members, 31 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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PlaidStallion (33): (BEING) Free will is an illusion, but by mastering our emotions and appreciating the perfection of universal laws we can lead a good life.

21
2,353 members, 23 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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PlaidStallion (1): (BEING) The nature of being human is to do the unexpected, and every birth carries with it the possibility of a changed world.

22
2,239 members, 8 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

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PlaidStallion (21): (THINKING) All our ideas, simple or complex, originate in sensory experience. We are blank slates; morality and character are not innate.

23
1,852 members, 11 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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PlaidStallion (38): The concept of “Other” helps us understand the position and power of women through history.

24
1,771 members, 26 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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PlaidStallion (22): The mass media and communications technology are not neutral inventions but change the way we are.

25
1,762 members, 9 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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PlaidStallion (4): We no longer live in a world where signs and symbols point to truth; they are the truth.

26
1,519 members, 12 reviews
3.35 stars (3.35 stars)

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PlaidStallion (7): Metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, and theology are all meaningless subjects, because nothing that is said in them can ever be verified.

27
1,487 members, 17 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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PlaidStallion (29): (BEING) Happiness comes from throwing ourselves into life, which generally lessens the preoccupation with the self – a primary cause of unhappiness.

28
1,467 members, 10 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

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PlaidStallion (6): (ACTING) In democracies, power silences dissent through the abuse of language.

29
1,431 members, 13 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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PlaidStallion (26): (THINKING) We advance in understanding not by proving theories, but by attempting to falsify them.

30
1,068 members, 5 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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PlaidStallion (40): (BEING) The advanced person tries to live less according to the blind urges of their will (or ego) and more in attunement with whatever is eternal and beyond the self.… (more)

31
868 members, 36 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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PlaidStallion (10): (BEING) Our actions are the result of our brain states at any moment, which are in turn subject to prior causes. It is useless to blame people for what they are.… (more)

32
819 members, 3 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

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PlaidStallion (18): (SEEING) The meaning of something is found not in the descriptions given of it, but in its essential properties.

33
674 members, 11 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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PlaidStallion (13): Everything changes all the time, yet there is a hidden harmony to the universe.

34
640 members, 11 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

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PlaidStallion (5): (SEEING) The human way of perceiving separate objects and creating categories is an illusion. Reality is in fact unbroken and undivided, and all phenomena are simply perturbations in this single whole.… (more)

35
511 members, 5 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

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PlaidStallion (36): Capitalism has become an ideology that does not allow alternatives, yet it is ill equipped to face major environmental, scientific, and social problems.… (more)

36
508 members, 20 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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PlaidStallion (32): (ACTING) Giving to those in need on a systematic basis is an important part of living a good life.

37
493 members, 12 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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PlaidStallion (42): (BEING) Letters: We can achieve tranquility and happiness by letting go of irrational beliefs and fears and living simply.

38
379 members, 2 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

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PlaidStallion (39): (THINKING) I can doubt that everything I perceive is real, but the fact that I doubt tells me that I think, that I have consciousness. And if I have this, I must exist.… (more)

39
313 members, 4 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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PlaidStallion (44): A belief or idea has value only if it “works” – that is, changes our world in some way. Other notions and ideas, however attractive or elegant, should be dismissed.… (more)

40
292 members, 2 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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PlaidStallion (37): (ACTING) On Liberty: Unless a person’s actions cause direct harm to others, they must be allowed. The priority in any open society must be freedom, not policies that purport to be for people’s own good.… (more)

41
272 members, 1 review
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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PlaidStallion (45): Fate: The case for us being simply products of fate is strong, yet paradoxically it is only in accepting it that we can realize our creative power.… (more)

42
256 members, 0 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

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PlaidStallion (43): (ACTING) An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham: A just society is most likely to be achieved by using an objective calculus of maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain.… (more)

43
249 members, 1 review
3.18 stars (3.18 stars)

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PlaidStallion (20): (BEING) The world that exists must be the best of all possible worlds.

44
126 members, 2 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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PlaidStallion (3): (THINKING) The brain and body provide us with a strong and continuous sense of self, which gives us freedom to create who we are.

45
71 members, 0 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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PlaidStallion (41): (ACTING) On Duties: What is right and what is expedient can never be separate things.

47
5,225 members, 51 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
48
929 members, 7 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)
49
756 members, 8 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
50
419 members, 7 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
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