Now in its fourth edition, Philosophy: The Classics is a brisk and invigorating tour through the great books of western philosophy. In his exemplary clear style, Nigel Warburton introduces and assesses thirty-two philosophical classics from Plato’s Republic to Rawls’ A Theory of Justice. The fourth edition includes new material on:

  • Montaigne Essays
  • Thomas Paine Rights of Man
  • R.G. Collingwood The Principles of Art
  • Karl Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies
  • Thomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

With a glossary and suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, this is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in philosophy.

chapter |3 pages


chapter |14 pages

Plato The Republic

chapter |12 pages

Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics

chapter |6 pages

Boethius the Consolation of Philosophy

chapter |8 pages

Niccolò Machiavelli the Prince

chapter |6 pages

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Essays

chapter |13 pages

René Descartes Meditations

chapter |10 pages

Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

chapter |6 pages

Baruch de Spinoza Ethics

chapter |7 pages

Immanuel Kant Critique of Pure Reason

chapter |7 pages

Thomas Paine Rights of Man

chapter |11 pages

John Stuart Mill on Liberty

chapter |7 pages

John Stuart Mill Utilitarianism

chapter |9 pages

Søren Kierkegaard Either/Or

chapter |12 pages

A. J. Ayer Language, Truth and Logic

chapter |8 pages

R.G. Collingwood the Principles of Art

chapter |12 pages

Jean-Paul Sartre Being and Nothingness

chapter |8 pages

John Rawls a Theory of Justice