Ryan’s philosophy reading list

Reader in the Forest, 1918. Robert Henri (American, 1865-1929)

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When I take the time, I enjoy reading and discussing philosophy. I’m happy to collaborate with others, to learn with and be encouraged by them. Bellow is a list of works I’d like to either read for the first time (most of them) or understand better. Suggestions or initiatives to start a reading group for any of the following are very welcome.


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Works I’d like to read


Philosophy of science

Works that changed me

  1. Tolkien, J.R.R. (1937). The Hobbit.
  2. Thorne, K.S. (1995). Black Holes & Time Warps.
  3. Scruton, R. (1996). Modern Philosophy.
  4. Irving, J. (1989). A Prayer for Own Meany.
  5. Descartes, R. (1641). Meditations on First Philosophy.
  6. Hume, D. (1748). An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
  7. Feynman, R.P. (1963). The Feynman Lectures on Physics.
  8. Griffths, D. (1981). Introduction to Electrodynamics.
  9. Foer, J.S. (2005). Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
  10. Needham, T. (1999). Visual Complex Analysis.
  11. Martin, R.C. (2008). Clean Code.
  12. Russell, B. (1912). The Problems of Philosophy.
  13. Halzen, F. & Martin, A.D. (1984). Quarks and Leptons.
  14. Braids, S. (2010). The Intelligent Guide to Texas Hold’em Poker.
  15. Harris, S. (2004). The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.
  16. Hitchens, C. (2007). God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.
  17. Cowan, G. (1998). Statistical Data Analysis.
  18. McCarthy, C. (2006). The Road.
  19. Zinn, H. (1980). A People’s History of the United States.
  20. Baggott, J. (2005). A Beginner’s Guide to Reality.
  21. Wittgenstein, L. (1922). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
  22. Ladyman, J., Ross, D., Spurrett, D., & Collier, J. (2007). Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics Naturalised.
  23. Putnam, H. (2004). The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy and Other Essays.
  24. Paglia, C. (1990). Sexual Personae.
  25. de Sade, D.A.F. (1795). Philosophy in the Bedroom.
  26. Pigliucci, M. (2017). How to be a Stoic.
  27. Seneca. (49). On the Shortness of Life.
  28. Maddy, P. (2007). Second Philosophy.