View Full Version : The Best (Sounding) Titles in Philosophy

05-26-2006, 10:24 AM
Just for a bit of fun...

Without any view to critiquing the quality of the ideas, arguments, or writing, I thought it might be fun to embark on the purely superficial task of listing some of the best-sounding titles of books in philosophy (and there are a LOT of really good ones) :D

I thought I would kick it off with reference to Slavoj Žižek (pronounced "Slav-Oiy" and "Zhee-Zhek" (in the way the french say the 'Gi in the name 'Gigi', like the old movie), the Lacanian theorist and philosopher from Slovenia.

Žižek has a real knack for catchy titles I think. Here are a few of the best examples:

The Sublime Object of Ideology
Enjoy Your Symptom!
Tarrying with the Negative
The Metastases of Enjoyment
The Ticklish Subject
Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?
Welcome to the Desert of the Real (this one courtesy of The Matrix film)
Organs Without Bodies
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle.

I look forward to seeing other people's contributions!

Have a good one. ;)

05-26-2006, 10:28 AM
i saw this book called,

'how to fire your boss'.

didn't read it though...

05-27-2006, 11:43 PM
how about
The Parallax View
Everything You Wanted to Know About Lacan...But were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock

05-28-2006, 12:17 AM
Beyond Good and Evil

05-29-2006, 12:03 PM
Well since there haven't been too many responses... perhaps people don't want to play this game. :bawling:

So I will step back into the fray and try to stimulate activity by suggesting a ssome more candidates for 'sexiest' philosophy book titles. Surely other avid readers must have some philosophy books sitting on their shelves where they say, "Gee that book looks good sitting there. Just reading the title is exciting," etc etc. Maybe you haven't even read it but just like the title.

To those who have contributed so far, thanks.
amanda_isabel - "How to Fire Your Boss does sound an interesting title" - I haven't heard of it. I was just wondering, is it philosophy or management/career literature?
cuppajoe_9, thanks for the Nietszche suggestion - "Beyond Good and Evil". I agree that is a great sounding title. I have my own Nietzche suggestion below.
crazefest456 - yes those other Žižek titles are good ones too - I guess my original picks were just a general sample to illustrate his way with words (though I do think they are particularly good examples... heh heh).

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Surely the ones currently listed so far cannot stand unchallenged as the only great-sounding book titles?

There are literally thousands and thousands of great (and not-so-great) philisosophy books in existence, and I know that at least some of them sound kinda cool...

Here are my new suggestions for some of the best ever:

Tractatus Logico Philosophicus – Wittgenstein

The Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle

Thus Spake Zarathustra – Nietzsche

Being and Nothingness – Sartre
The Respectful Prostitute – Sartre
Who agrees/disagrees, has alternatives?


Let the battle of the book names rage! (well, not really, but alternate suggestions would be good!) ;)

10-16-2007, 10:11 PM
how about, On Bull**** - H.G. Frankfurt
The respectful prostitute? funny..

Mr. Dr. Ralph
10-25-2007, 01:54 AM
Beyond Good and Evil

World as Will and Representation
Tractus Logico-Philosophicus
Gay Science

11-07-2007, 05:19 PM
Fear and Trembling - Soren Kierkegaard

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong - J. L. Mackie

The Anti-Christ - Friedrich Nietzsche

Hell is Other People - Sartre

11-07-2007, 05:39 PM
Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Twilight of the idols by Nietzsche

11-07-2007, 11:36 PM
The Will to Power

11-10-2007, 02:18 PM
Phenomenology of the Spirit, by the adorable Hegel. My 'favourite' which has been pushed down my throat for years, but it refused it every time I tried reading it :D

11-10-2007, 10:13 PM
Phenomenology of the Spirit, by the adorable Hegel. My 'favourite' which has been pushed down my throat for years, but it refused it every time I tried reading it :D

just open yourself. my half-buddha bow to you for mentioning this. :thumbs_up

11-11-2007, 12:43 AM
I was going through that for a year and a half, so I finally started reading it this year..It feels like a big thing, and you realize that it's bigger. I love saying the title to my friends because it sounds like I'm making it up...

11-17-2007, 09:32 AM
Normal Madness - Santayana

Fear and Trembling - Kierkegaard (again)