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Philosophy Books for IAS

We have compiled for you a list of IAS books for Philosophy to help you in your prepration for the IAS and other services under the UPSC. THis list of phylosophy books have been chosen carefully to guide and help you prepare for teh UPSC exam for civil services. This is a collection of the best reference books for the ias exam conducted by UPSC.

Best Books on Philosophy as Optional subject for IAS Exam are as Follows:

Paper I

Section A - Problem of Philosophy

  1. Dr. C.D. Sharma (Indian Philosophy)
  2. Dr. Deo Raj (Indian Philosophy)
  3. Dr. Y.Masih (Western Philosophy)
  4. Dr. Daya Krishna (Western Philosophy)
  5. Dr. Franckena Thilly (Western Philosophy)
  6. Dr. B.K. Lal (Contemporary Western Philosophy)
  7. Dr. D. M. Dutta (Contemporary Philosophy)
  8. Dr. William F. Lawhead (The voyage of Discovery)
  9. Dr. H. Gene Blocker (Fundamentals of Philosophy)
  10. Dr. David Stewart (Fundamentals of Philosophy)
  11. Dr. Chatterjee and Dhirendramohan Datta (Introduction to Indian Philosophy)
  12. Dr. M. Hiriyanna (Uutlines of Indian Philosophy)
  13. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan (Indian Philosophy (II volumes))
  14. Dr. P. T. Raju (Indian Philosophy)

Section B - Logic

  1. Dr. Irvin M. Copi (Introduction to Logic)
  2. Ashok Verma (Symbolic logic)

Section C - Ethics

  1. Dr. Divakar Pathak (Indian Ethic)
  2. Western Ethics: An Historical Introduction - Robert L. Arrington
  3. An Introduction to Ethics (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy) - John Deigh
  4. An Introduction to Ethics - William Lillie
  5. William Samuel (Ethics)


Paper II

Section A - Western Philosophy

  1. By Franckena Thilly
  2. Dr. C.D. Sharma
  3. Dr. Y.Masih
  4. Dr. B.K. Lal
  5. Dr. Lakshmi Saxena
  6. Daya Krishna
  7. D.M.Dutt

Section B - Indian Philosophy

  1. Dr. C.D. Sharma
  2. Dr. Deo Raj
  3. Dr. Hiriyanna
  4. Dr. Radha Krishnan
  5. Dhirendramohan Datta

Section C - Social & Political Philosophy

  1. Dr. J.P. Sood Vol IV
  2. Dr. Shiv Bhanu Singh
  3. Dr. O.P.Gauba
  4. NCERT Books

Section D - Philosophy of Religion

  1. Dr. Y.Masih
  2. John H.Hick
  3. A.R. Mohapatra


Specific Books on Philosophy — Six ways of knowing by D.M. Datta.