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Some of the best popular philosophy books around

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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
"This book argues that religion is a kind of evolutionary adaptation. Dennett says that in the past it has helped us, but now we can live without it."
Consciousness Explained (Penguin Science)
Consciousness Explained (Penguin Science)
"Science can tell us how our brains work but it has trouble explaining what it’s like to experience the world. The surprising ideas in this book are why Dennett is famous."
Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy
Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy
"This is a good, clear introduction to the philosophy of mind and language, starting with ancient philosophy and going right up to the present day. It covers a lot of subjects quite quickly."
Being Good: An Introduction to Ethics
Being Good: An Introduction to Ethics
"This is the sister book to Think, by the same author. It’s a general introduction to the philosophy of ethics and morality, another area where science doesn’t seem to have any answers."
The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: And Ninety Nine Other Thought Experiments
The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: And Ninety Nine Other Thought Experiments
"A thought experiment is basically a short story that causes you as reader to have a particular intuitive reaction. They’re probably the most important tool in modern philosophy."
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary edition
"More biology than philosophy, but the best explanation yet of how evolution works. The most exciting chapter is on “memes”, an idea Daniel Dennett uses in Breaking the Spell (above)."
Animal Liberation
Animal Liberation
"This is a classic by Peter Singer, an Australian activist who has some ethical views on animal rights most people would think extreme. Provocative but well argued."