What makes philosophy so important? Well, just take a moment and think about it.
And there you have it. It’s this ability to ponder and think that sets us apart from the animals, the birds, and the creatures of the seas. And the trees; don’t forget about the trees.
The Well-Read Man Project includes three philosophical selections. Here are those three intellectually deep books. (Click on a book to access its detail page.)
Meditations on First Philosophy
by René Descartes
Taken together, these works introduce wisdom from both the East and the West, from times both ancient and (relatively) modern. The Analects records the core teachings and thoughts of Confucian philosophy…the real teachings. So don’t go looking for those “Confucius say man who run behind car get exhausted” jokes. Plato’s Republic examines justice within an individual and within society. Descartes goes for something more basic, attempting to get at the core of what people can truly know. “I think, therefore, I am,” comes from this work. I’ll read it, therefore.