One problem that beginners face when studying philosophy is that they find classic works of philosophy intimidating and difficult to read. These classic works can be long, written in an unfamiliar style, and mentally draining. This website aims the make it easier to get a taste of philosophy by collecting the best short readings and passages from classic works. These passages are interesting in their own right and can help you get more familiar with some of the classics. Useful supplementary resources are also listed at the end of each reading. Titles in bold are recommended for complete beginners. Simply choose a reading to get started:

Socrates:

Plato:

Aristotle:

Epicurus:

Seneca:

Descartes:

Hume:

  • On Miracles – from Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Mary Wollstonecraft:

Kant:

Mill:

Marx:

Nietzsche:

  • On Truth – from On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense

Bertrand Russell: