The Best Philosophy Books are on the Kindle for Free

by Josh Hanagarne on December 27, 2011

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Plato would have a Kindle if he were alive today. I swear it.

My post about the list of free Kindle books was a hit, but it quickly became unwieldy and the comments proved to be more helpful than the list I was making. I’m going to start writing a series of posts that provide starter lists of free Kindle book across various categories and genres.

Luckily, some of the best Kindle books will cost you exactly nothing!

Today it’s the best philosophy books that are available on the Kindle for free. Next I think I’ll probably try to track track down some of the best horror novels. They’ll be older, of course. The new stuff ain’t free!

For philosophy it’s not a problem. The top philosophy books will probably always be the ones from Way Back When, and those books are free. Most modern philosophy books that I read are riffs, commentaries, or attempted refutations of the classic philosophical texts.

So let’s see what we’ve got. I’m going to make a quick run through some greatest hits, then come back and revisit this page when I stumble on other titles. Please feel free to add too the list.

Free philosophy books

The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Betrand Russell

The Republic by Plato

Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates by Plato

Symposium by Plato

Improvement of the Understanding  by Baruch Spinoza

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

The Critique of Pure Reason and the Critique of Practical Reason by Immanuel Kant

Utopia by Thomas Moore

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Ethics by Aristotle

Politics by Aristotle

Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche (everything by Nietzsche is available)

Discourse on Method by Descartes

 

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Srdjan - Bloom to Fit December 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

This is an awesome collection of philosophy books. I don’t have a Kindle yet but they’re kind of making it more and more necessary to get one with all these books being offered for free. I just love the feeling of a real, thick book in my hands. But I think I’m going to be making a change soon.

Thanks for sharing!

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Pauline December 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thanks, Josh. Great starter list. I’m going to check to see if they are also free on the iPad.

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