So outside of the obvious answers (Hegel, Marx, Stirner, etc...

So outside of the obvious answers (Hegel, Marx, Stirner, etc.) who are some good philosophers to read who aren't necessarily contributing to socialism or serving as a background for socialist theory proper? I'm trying to get some of my liberal friends off of their Harris/Dawkins/etc. obsession and to read some real philosophy for a change and stop being such awful fucking liberals. Preferably not someone semi-accessible so they don't end up trying to get through A Critique of Pure Reason as scrubs.

Also this is now a general philosophy thread.

Slavoj Zizek has a real good way of helping normies conceptualize difficult to grasp ideas in dialectics

Yeah but I consider zizek to be sort of in the first group. Basically don't want to push obvious socialist/communist philosophers to start with so I don't freak them out too bad. Fuck I wish I lived in a town with real leftists.

Mutualism is baby's first leftism. So try some What is Property? by Proudhon. Or even just show videos of Noam Chomsky. Normies love Chomsky

Althusser, politzer, kroporkin, bakunin, proudhon, goldman, rosa, tucker are a must

You might be right about mutualism but I don't know if Proudhon's works are that straightforward. Kind of dry imo though maybe that was just me.

Thanks for the suggestions

Plato, Rousseau, Hume, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Derrida, Foucault, Guattari/Deleuze (Socialists but never get talked about here.)

I like Kierkegaard for his writing but his philosophy is laughable.

If you like Stirner's views on morality and you think rationals a shit Richard Joyce and J. L. Mackie

read bordiga

It was where I started when I was 14. I skimmed each chapter which is what I tend to do for most theory. Being a procrastinator with school work has helped me hone that skill.

Anyway, at the time I listened to a lot of hardcore punk and was probably an Illegalist, so I totally got into it because I thought it was something else. Since my edgy 14 year old self got into it, I think people who are already reading some sort of theory, even if it is trash, would be able to get through it.

Rebel Absurdity

no thanks I don't think my friends even own armchairs

Althusser, Badiou, Ranciere, Zizek, Mladen Dolar, Alenka Zupancic.

Hoochie Minh has better praxis than Rebel

A kid who just heard the phrase "cultural marxism" on twitter for the first time has better praxis than Rebel.


Not a philosopher, but Robert Tressell wrote The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, I suggest you read that.

Other than that, read Sartre and what he wrote about dialectics.

On a similar note, have there been any marxist who've written about non economic or political stuff like metaphisics, ethics or theology?
If not what non political philosophers are Holla Forums aproved? I've read Schopenhauer but he's kind of right leaning


I was going to mention Schopenhaur. I think he is worth the read even if you do find him right leaning.


Thomas Hobbes

Not really sure what to offer outside of leftist authors, but as far as leftist authors go Bookchin is the most relevant and one of the easiest to read/understand.