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Top 5 books that students of BA (Hons) philosophy must read

August 20, 2021

The study of philosophy helps students to enhance their ability to solve problems, their communication skills and their persuasive powers. As part of BA (Hons) philosophy, students get to read the work of many great thinkers and philosophers. Reading these works encourages students to explore a number of social, political and ethical theories. If you are a student of BA (Hons) philosophy, here are must-read books that help you develop a diverse perspective:


1. The Republic by Plato: Written in 380 BCE, The Republic remains one of the greatest philosophical works. Written as a dialogue between Socrates and his pupils, the book discusses subjects such as justice, political system, democracy, individual freedom and freedom of citizens. The book is relevant to students of philosophy who wish to dig deeper into what’s happening around the world.


2. Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle: At a time when the market is flooded with books on happiness and fulfilling life, it is a good idea to read the philosopher who actually questioned --- what does it mean to have a good and fulfilling life? This book is a great read on individual achievement and political life. The work has had a profound influence on all subsequent Western thoughts about ethical matters.


3. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell: This book is an insightful read for philosophy students. This book can be particularly helpful for students who did not study philosophy in school. The book introduces important works of Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Hume, Locke, and Plato to lay the foundation for philosophical inquiry.


4. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill: John Stuart Mill was one of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century. His book On Liberty was one of his most famous works. The book made him a defender of human rights. He argued for the right of the people to live as they wished as long as they didn’t do harm to others. He was among the many rights activists who supported equal rights for women. His kook advocated the emancipation of women. The book remains one of the most influential books when it comes to the basic liberties of individuals.


5. The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt: This book stands out among the philosophy books that study the state of modern humanity. Published in 1958, the book in many respects is more relevant today than when it was written. Arendt, in this book, has tackled difficult subjects such as diminishing human agency and political freedom. The book thought that technological advancement has increased human power but humans are less equipped to control the consequences of their actions. As the world is facing technological upheaval, this book brilliantly talks about the modern challenges the world faces today.


Why pursue BA (Hons) Philosophy from Unitedworld School Of Liberal Arts & Mass Communication?

A BA (Hons) Philosophy programme helps students develop critical and analytical thinking and communication skills. All of these skills come in handy when students are ready to enter the job market. A BA (Hons) philosophy programme can open doors for job opportunities in the field of public service, writing, journalism, research and education and PR and advertising. Check out our BA (Hons) Philosophy programme that is designed to help students delve deep into the texts of classic historical philosophies as well as contemporary philosophy.

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