Recommended Books

Hungry for more?
By popular demand: these are the books I recommend for students looking for extra reading materials.
They are expressly NOT required for any course I teach. But they are a great read for those interested!
If you’re one of my students: once you read this, feel free to come by my office and talk about it.

Additionally, if you’re interested in the canon of philosophical books that philosophy majors study,
I have a list of those as well. Happy reading!


Gutenberg Bible
1454

THE BIG PICTURE

  • Just Getting Started
    • Aurelius | Meditations
    • Button | The Consolations of Philosophy
  • Where Did We Come From?
    • Harari | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
    • Diamond | Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • Where Are We Headed?
    • Friedman | The World is Flat
    • Harari | Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • What Can We Do?
    • Sacks | The Dignity of Difference
    • XXX | XXX

BEYOND THE INTRODUCTORY COURSE

  • Ethics
    • Macintyre | After Virtue
    • Ross | The Right and the Good
  • Metaphysics
    • XXX | XXX
    • Baudrilliard | Simularcra & Simulation
  • Existentialism
    • Kushner | When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough
    • Yalom | Love’s Executioner
  • Epistemology
    • Frankfurt | On Bullsh*t
    • Foucault | XXX
  • Feminism
    • hooks | Ain’t I a Woman?
    • Adichie | We Should All Be Feminists
  • Phenomenology
    • XXX | XXX
    • XXX | XXX

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY

  • Chinese Philosophy
    • Chan | A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy
    • Norden | Introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • Daoism
    • Sunzi (孙子) | The Art of War
    • Hoff | The Tao of Pooh
  • Hindu Philosophy
    • Matilal | Ethics & Epics
    • Easwaran (Ed.) | The Upanishads
  • Buddhist Philosophy
    • Siderits | Buddhism as Philosophy
    • Garfield | Engaging Buddhism

JEWISH PHILOSOPHY

  • Judaism in General
    • Telushkin | Jewish Literacy
    • XXX | Jewish Literacy
  • The Holocaust
    • XXX | XXX
    • XXX | XXX
  • Jewish Ethics
    • Buber | I and Thou
    • Levinas | Totality & Infinity

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

  • Christianity in General
    • Lewis | Mere Christianity
    • Pope Francis | The Name of God is Mercy
  • HIstory of the Church
    • Carroll | Constantine’s Sword
    • MacCulloch | Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
  • Christian Ethics
    • Niebuhr | Moral Man and Immoral Society
    • Tillich | The Courage to Be

ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY

  • Islam in General
    • Aslan | No god but God
    • Hodgson | The Venture of Islam vols. 1-3
  • Islamic Philosophy
    • Menocal | The Ornament of the World
    • Fakhry | A History of Islamic Philosophy
  • Islamist Terrorism
    • Saïd | Orientalism
    • Lewis | What Went Wrong?

AMERICAN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY

  • American Indian History
    • Brown | Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    • Weatherford | Native Roots
  • American Indian Philosophy
    • Deloria | God is Red
    • Cordova | How It Is

AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY

  • African Philosophy
    • Janz | Philosophy in an African Place
    • Mudimbe | The Invention of Africa
  • Post-Colonial Ethics in Africa
    • Achebe | Things Fall Apart
    • Mbembe | Critique of Black Reason