Here are some Philosophy texts that you should read if you are planning on applying to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University.
One or two of the following:
- Nigel Warburton, Philosophy: the Basics
- Thomas Nagel, What Does it All Mean
- Stephen Law, The Philosophy Gym
- David Miller, Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
You should also try to read some primary source material. You don't necessarily need to read a whole text, but it would be a good idea to engage with some excerpts. Some possibilities are given below. You can find extracts from many of these texts in books called 'readers': these are compilations of extracts from primary texts. A list of readers is given at the bottom of the page.
- Plato, The Republic
- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
- John Locke, Second Treatise on Government
- Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia
- John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
- Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
- Roger Scruton, A Political Philosophy: Arguments For Conservatism
- Slavoj Zizek, Trouble in Paradise
- Kwame Anthony Appiah, Cosmopolitanism
- Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save
- Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity
Philosophy readers: compilations of primary text extracts.
- Nigel Warburton, Philosophy: Basic Readings
- Robert C. Solomon, Introducing Philosophy: A Text with Integrated Readings