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2008 Resolution: History of Philosophy

For 2008, my resolution is fairly simple compared to last year: read 26 philosophy books I have not already read in the order they were published and write an essay on each one, either as a response or focusing on one issue raised in the course of the book. I am trying to focus on the 20th century as much as possible, with the idea that modern writers will be covering topics more attuned to current philosophic trends.

The list (subject to change) currently stands as:

  1. Epicurus, “Letters, Principal Doctrines, and Vatican Sayings” (let’s say roughly 300 BC)
  2. Augustine, “Confessions” (397)
  3. John Locke, “Second Treatise of Government” (1690)
  4. Julien Offray de LaMettrie, “Man a Machine” (1748)
  5. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “The Social Contract, Or Principles of Political Right” (1762)
  6. David Hume, “Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding” (1772)
  7. Adam Smith, “The Wealth of Nations” (1776)
  8. Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher, “On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers” (1799)
  9. Georg Hegel, “Philosophy of Right” (1821)
  10. Karl Marx, “The Civil War in France” (1871-1891)
  11. George Santayana, “The Sense of Beauty” (1896)
  12. G. E. Moore, “Principia Ethica” (1903)
  13. John Dewey, “How We Think” (1910)
  14. Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Tractacus Logico-Philosophicus” (1922)
  15. Jose Ortega y Gasset, “The Revolt of the Masses” (1930)
  16. Martin Heidegger, “What is Called Thinking?” (1954)
  17. Gustav Bergmann, “Meaning and Existence” (1959)
  18. M. V. C. Jeffreys, “Personal Values in the Modern World” (1962)
  19. William P. Alston, “Philosophy of Language” (1964)
  20. VanCleve Morris, “Existentialism in Education: What it Means” (1966)
  21. Saul Kripke, “Naming and Necessity” (1972)
  22. Abner Cohen, “Two-Dimensional Man” (1976)
  23. Peter Singer, “Practical Ethics” (1979)
  24. Jerry Fodor, “Psychosemantics” (1987)
  25. Robert Nozick, “The Examined Life” (1989)
  26. John R. Searle, “The Construction of Social Realty” (1995)

Also try another article under Personal, Philosophical
or another one of the writings of Gavin.

2 Responses to “2008 Resolution: History of Philosophy”

  1. strivinglife Says:

    You know I have to recommend Schopenhauer. The Fourfold Root is short and simple.

  2. matt Says:

    thats easier? hah

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