I want to learn more philosophy. Where do I start?

I can only tell you what I did, which I think helped.  I read.  There’s no way around it.  If you want to develop strong basics in philosophy, you need to read.  A lot.

The question is what do you read.  Many introductory courses and online advice repositories encourage beginning students to read classic papers.  Personally, I have never been a big believer in this and found that reading introductory textbooks was far more helpful.

Here are some of the textbooks that I liked (follow the links for more information).  I’ve rated the difficulty of the textbooks between * (easiest) and *** (hardest) stars:


Philosophy of Mind (Lowe)*

Epistemology (Goldman & McGrath)*

Philosophy of Science (Rosenberg)*

Philosophy of Math (Brown)*

Analytic Aesthetics (Dickie)*

Metaethics (Miller)*

Metaphysics (Loux)**

Normative Ethics (Kagan)**

A Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Language (Hale & Wright)***

Philosophy of Language (Soames)***


Other resources that I found helpful include:

Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century vol 1, vol 2  (Soames) ***

Oxford Philosophy Faculty Podcasts *

Teach Yourself Logic

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy *** (warning: this is a tool created for professional philosophers, and its articles are not always beginner-friendly)