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Old BooksLooking for nominations for “Incredible Philosophy Books No-one Recommends”, for a future piece here at Only a Game looking at texts outside the mainstream corpus of philosophy. These could be great books by obscure philosophers, or they could simply be overshadowed masterpieces by well-known philosophers that get overlooked because other texts have become standard (for instance, Wittgenstein’s On Certainty is massively overshadowed by the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations).

Please focus on books at least twenty years old, as younger philosophy books are still earning their stripes, and I’d be grateful if the books in question had an English translation too. Popular bestsellers are also rather beside the point, of course. Other than that, anything that sits outside the usual philosophy curriculum is a welcome nomination.

Suggestions by comment here, or by reply in Twitter, will be gratefully received.

With thanks to Babette Babich for the title of this post.


Update: nominations are now closed. The countdown begins Monday 25th July.


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maybe Max Stirner's The Ego and its Own (Der Einzige und sein Eigenthum) from 1844. Largely unknown but a fantastic rejection of ideology in favor of radical personal freedom.

Hey J,
Thanks for this! That one is definitely off the beaten track, and it seems like it was an influential text at one point. I'll add it to the list.



Maurice Blondel's Action (1893)

Dense, dialectical examination of the significance of action, using an approach (the method of immanence) that prefigures Phenomenology.

Awesome - thanks for the nomination, Greg! I'd never heard of it, but I've found a substantial secondary literature on it... Very interesting.



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