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Twelve philosophy books everyone should read: from Plato to Foucault [slideshow]

Every year the third Thursday in November marks World Philosophy Day, UNESCO’s collaborative “initiative towards building inclusive societies, tolerance and peace.” To celebrate, we’ve curated a reading list of historical texts by great philosophers that shaped the modern world and who had important things to say about the issues that we wrestle with today such as freedom, authority, equality, sexuality, and the meaning of life.


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  1. Robert R. Calder

    CRAP – this list compiled by an idiot signifying incompetence in philosophy

  2. M. Topf

    Jeesh–7 of the 11 modern philosophers are British. Maybe not “Philosophy Happened. Continent Isolated.” But close.

  3. Nirmala pradhan

    Kathonipashad By Osho would like to add in the list

  4. Lisa Widdison

    How is this list representative of WORLD philosophies? Please do better to consider more of the world in the future.

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