The 10 Best Philosophy Textbooks
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Philosophy is the application of logical reasoning to general questions about existence, the world, and ourselves, with the goal of achieving understanding in the most unified and comprehensive way possible. These textbooks offer accessible content that will help you dive into the different branches of the field. We have included both general works and specialized selections. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
November 14, 2019:
Made several revisions to the list to reflect a wider range of topics and styles. Added Reason and Argument and The Logic Book because logic and reasoning underlie everything that is done in philosophy and, as areas of research, they are studied mostly by philosophers.
'Philosophy' is a word that can apply to many different things including analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, and apparently, even the text on the back of some shampoo bottles. For the sake of simplicity, and because it is the dominant form of philosophy in the world (particularly in academia) we have restricted our inclusions to books in the analytic tradition.