Category: Classics

Examined Life

DVD of eight philosophers giving separate ten minute monologues on what a meaningful life is. Cornel West on truth, failure and meaninglessness. Avital Ronell on meaning, ethical anxiety, and responsibility for the other. Peter Singer on how we spend money, using animals, the rise of applied ethics, and failing to help. Kwame Anthony Appiah on […]

Introducing Plato

Introducing Plato is part of a series which includes books on all sorts of philosophical and other topics. The whole series is graphic non-fiction, so it is meant to resemble a comic strip. It is one of those books that presents some ideas very simply so young readers could understand them, but other ideas are […]


Meditations is the philosophical diary of the 2nd century Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who was renowned for his wisdom and benevolence as a leader. According to Edward Gibbon, it is perhaps the most readable exposition of the great system of practical philosophy known as Stoicism, which originated in Greece.

The Consolation of Philosophy

This book was written by Boethius, a man condemned to death for an apparently unjust charge of treason. Although a Christian, Boethius consoled himself with the tenets of Greek philosophy. It is still useful for anyone wanting practical advice in the face of life’s challenges. It is widely renowned as a great work of literature. […]

The Greeks: an introduction to their culture

Title: The Greeks: an introduction to their culture Author: Sowerby, Robin Publisher: Routledge Date: 2009 ISBN: 0-415-46937-6 NOTES: Chapter 5 of this book (pp.142-168) is a comprehensive overview of Greek philosophy. The writing is clear and straightforward but more appropriate for older students, preferably those who already have some background knowledge of the ancient Greeks.

Ethics Introduction Online

Another more comprehensive introduction to the concepts used in ethics, meta-ethics, and applied ethics. Provides some useful links to other pages for further reading.

Plato for Beginners

Title: Plato for beginners Editor: Cavalier, Robert Publisher: For Beginners LLC Date: 1998 ISBN: 1-934389-08-0 Part of the “For Beginner” series which includes some philosophy titles, this is a comic book style guide to Plato’s works. Although it uses plenty of pictures and simple language, the concepts are advanced and intended for deep reflection.

The history of Greek philosophy

Title: The history of Greek philosophy: Volume 1 – The Pre-Socratics Volume 2 – Socrates and Beyond Author: Crescenzo, Luciano de Translator: Bardoni, Auril Publisher: Pgw Date: 1992 ISBN: 0920668887 This innocuously titled book series is actually a very humorous introduction to Greek philosophy by Italian author Luciano de Crescenzo. It combines personal anecdotes and […]