About to start Philosophy at Exeter? Or are you a Philosophy student looking for something different? Philosophy lecturers from the department have given us their suggestions for a number of titles that inspired their interest in Philosophy:
Dr Edward Skidelsky: The Great Philosophers by Bryan Magee
“A chatty introduction to the history of Western philosophy, based on a series of television interviews conducted by Magee in the 1980s. Very clear and readable”.
Professor Michael Hauskeller: The Philosopher’s Dog by Raimond Gaita
“A great read on the nature of the mind, about what it means to be a human and an animal, and how we can understand each other”.
Dr Staffan Müller-Wille: Discovering Plato by Alexandre Koyré
“He not only explains Plato’s philosophy very well, but at the same time raises the question of what philosophy actually is about”.
Dr Joel Krueger: Zen Action, Zen Person by Thomas P. Kasulis
“This book awakened my interest in Zen Buddhism – and non-western philosophy more generally – and serves as an important reminder that profound philosophical resources exist outside the standard Western canon”.
Professor David Inglis: No Exit, and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre
“Jean-Paul Sartre wrote plays andnovels to introduce readers to his philosophy ofexistentialism, which in turn drew upon earlier major philosophers. These plays are an enjoyable introduction to central themes in French and German philosophy, and are absorbing to read in their own right, as they contain intense dramatic situations”.