Philosophy Reading List for Beginners

Philosophy is a very large and diverse field, so it can be difficult for a beginner to know where to start. This page contains a list of introductory philosophy books on a variety of subjects. It begins with some general introductions to philosophy then focuses on introductions to specific branches of philosophy. Each section contains a variety of books: short introductions, comprehensive introductions, anthologies, and classic works of philosophy. This should allow you to choose the type of book that suits you best.

General Introductions

Ethics

Political Philosophy

Epistemology

Metaphysics

Aesthetics

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Language

Feminism

Existentialism