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I've been into literature and philosophy for some time now. I'm following the "Masterpieces of World Literature" course [1] and have finished "Beyond Good and Evil" last month, currently reading Kierkegaard's Either/Or.

Aside from that, I'm also participating in Leetcode 30 days of code challenge [2]

[1] https://www.edx.org/course/masterpieces-of-world-literature [2] https://leetcode.com/explore/featured/card/30-day-leetcoding...

yboris
Whenever it comes to philosophy, I always recommend Peter Singer -- just about anything by him is great. Consider Practical Ethics [1], or the recently-released-free The Life You Can Save 10th anniversary edition [2]

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Ethics-Peter-Singer/dp/0521...

[2] https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/the-book/

nequalstim
Same here :)

Just started reading

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell

It has a really nice narrative and tells the story of the aforementioned. Kierkegaard also makes some occurrences.

stdlin
if you tend to like that book I would highly recommended Walter Kaufman's Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre and Goethe, Kant, and Hegel
david_w
Second this also. Also enjoyed Will To Power as a kind of well of "things well said, which make you think, " even if they're not strictly correct.

Bertrand Russell wrote a lot of very accessible Western philosophy overview or survey books which I found orienting:

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/a-history-of-western-philosoph...

and

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-problems-of-philosophy_ber...

the former is online here:

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/History%20of%20Western...

About this one he said :(paraphrasing from memory now), "A big book is a big evil. You may ask why then the author proposes to lay before you the present work..."

He's a hoot.

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