Now, I didn’t forget my friend’s Sanchi’s birthday. I just got the date wrong. This isn’t my way of saying happy birthday, I did call her and wish her. However, it’s a start to a proper apology.
Recently she asked me for a reading list on philosophy, so I thought I might as well share a list of books and collection of essays about philosophy or ideas that can gives you an opportunity to think philosophically. Hopefully, people will be willing to add to it:
- Meno – Plato
- The End of Power – Moisés Naím
- The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically – Peter Singer
- On Liberty – JS Mills
- We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
- Anger and Forgiveness – Martha Nussbaum
- Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
- Eichmann in Jerusalem – Hannah Ardent
- Candide – Voltaire
- The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
- The Ethics of Ambiguity – Simone de Beauvoir
- Adele – Leila Slimani
- Democracy Kill- Humphrey Hawksley
- Causing Death and Saving Lives – Johnthan Glover
Now, I’m not saying that this your complete list, but its a starting point. Take Adele, which is about women who constantly cheats on her partner. While it is not strictly about philosophy, I don’t think we spend much time rooting for a cheater and how my eyes were opened by looking at this view point and exploring how someone thinks. I’m not a continental philosopher, but I do find value in understanding various points of view more in depth. It allows me to challenge my own views better, which is a key tool in refining one’s thought. Plus, it’s a very good book nevertheless.
What do you think?