Recommended books: The following books contain material that is useful to the study of Philosophy and Critical Reasoning.
|Bertrand Russell’s, 1912 The Problems of Philosophy (various publishers) as well as Simon Blackburn’s, 1999 Think (Oxford University Press) are both slim volumes that are excellent introductions to the subject for the uninitiated.|
The anonymous, 2011 The Philosophy Book (Dorling Kindersley Ltd. ISBN: 978-11-4053-5329-8) is a wonderful coffee table introduction to Philosophy; however no topic is covered in sufficient depth as to merit serious study. That said, it is still a remarkable book.
M. E. S. van den Berg, 2010 Critical Reasoning and the Art of Argumentation (UNISA Press) is an excellent introduction to informal logic for students of any subject that relies on critical reasoning and the art of argumentation.
Irving Copi’s, 1979 Symbolic Logic 5th Edition (Macmillan and now available in paperback from Pearson India Educational Services) has been a standard textbook of logic for three generations of philosophy students. We rely heavily on Copi’s text both in its layout and content.
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, 2005 2nd Edition, ed. Ted Honderich (Oxford University Press) is an invaluable reference work with nearly 2000 entries by 249 distinguished philosophers. An excellent starting point for any investigation!
The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (2016) 3rd Edition (Oxford University Press) is an authoritative reference; although all technical terms used in this website are defined under the glossary tab above, together with links to the study unit where each term was first introduced or later redefined in another context.
Finally, the following philosophical fantasies are sheer reading pleasure.
Jostein Gaarder’s, 1996 Sophie’s World (Phoenix House) is a beautiful novel about a 14-year-old Norwegian girl who is introduced to the history of philosophy with the question “Who are you?” by an unknow philosopher. Sophie’s World is non-technical but thoughtful novel for the teenager of all ages in us.
James Morrow’s 2007 The Philosopher’s Apprentice is sheer philosophical fantasy well worth the read.
All other reading material: will be provided on-line.