Philosophy Reading List for Beginners


Those books which are in print can be obtained through Catholic and other bookstores, both traditional and online.

1. A First Glance at St. Thomas: a Handbook for Peeping Thomists by Ralph McInerny. Univ. of Notre Dame Press.

2. Guide to St. Thomas by Josef Pieper. Ignatius Press.

3. The Republic by Plato. Hackett Publishers. A very good edition. 

4. The Right Way To Live: Plato's Republic for Catholic Students by Richard Geraghty. May be obtained from EWTN Religious Catalogue.

5. Aristotle for Everybody: Difficult Thought Made Easy by Mortimer Adler. Among other things, a good introduction to logic.

6. Rational Man: a Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics by Henry Veatch. Out of Print. (a popular account of the ethics of Aristotle by a Catholic philosopher familiar with both traditional and modern ethics.

7. Aristotle: a Contemporary Appreciation by Henry Veatch. Out of Print. A very good introduction to Aristotle's Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Logic.

8. A Summa of the Summa by Peter Kreeft. Ignatius Press. An analysis of basic philosophical passages from the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas. 

9. Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion by Peter Kreeft. 

10. Making Choices: Practical Wisdom for Making Everyday Moral Decisions by Peter Kreeft. 

11. Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed. A very good introduction to basic theology and philosophy.

12. Companion to the Summa by Walter Farrell, O.P.. The Summa Theologica summarized in popular language in four volumes. Out of Print.

13. Aquinas' Summa by Father Edward J. Gratsch, S.T.D.  Alba House.


Answered by Dr. Richard Geraghty, PhD

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