Category: English

Introducing Aesthetics

This book introduces some of the main issues in aesthetics. It focuses on ideas and thinkers; it also makes an attempt at historical narrative. Students would find this boo replete with illustrations reasonably engaging. One of its strengths is that it illustrates the wide range of philosophical debates into which aesthetics injects itself. The book […]

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 […]

Eastern Philosophy: Key Readings

This anthology brings together an impressive range of excerpts from Eastern philosophical texts, categorized under many different topics. Some excerpts are a lot harder to read than others. The readings below have been picked out because they were thought to be easier for high school students and cover a wide range of topics, but there […]


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. […]

Sayings of Confucius

Title: The Sayings of Confucius Editor: Ware, James R. Publisher: New American Library Date: 1955 Although this translation of the Analects of Confucius is quite old, it is still very good. Even compared to some more recent translations, it stands up as being readable and poetic and somehow seems to capture more the spirit of […]

Six questions of Socrates

Title: Six questions of Socrates Editor: Phillipps, Christopher Publisher: W W Norton & Company Date: 2004 ISBN: 0-393-04956-6 In The Six Questions of Socrates, Christopher Phillipps travels the world asking a whole range of people what virtue, moderation, justice, goodness, courage and piety are, following Socrates method of inquiry. The result is a fascinating insight […]

Socrates Cafe

Title: Socrates cafe: A fresh taste of philosophy Editor: Phillipps, Christopher Publisher: W W Norton & Company Date: 2001 ISBN: 0-393-04956-6 Socrates Cafe chronicles the authors experience of setting up informal, open discussion groups mainly in cafes to bring philosophy into everyday public life. Inspired by the example of Socrates, he tries to get as […]

Fables from Aesop

Title: Fables from Aesop Editor: Lynch, Tom Publisher: Puffin Books Date: 2002 ISBN: 0-14-230194-9 This is an illustrated children’s book based on Aesop’s fables which are of ancient Greek origin. Each story is one page long. Underneath the story in bold lettering is the moral of the story. While the book’s target audience of young […]

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 […]