Free Philosophy eBooks Online

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Introduction

This is a listing of 59 sites that legally offer free ebooks on Philosophy.  Thanks to benedict1 for suggesting this category.

There is a separae listing of sites that offer free audiobooks and courses in this genre at:

To the best of my knowledge all of the websites listed here offer only content that they are legally entitled to transfer to you. If you find a site listed here that you know illegally offers copyrighted material, please contact me through the site with a link to the infringing content. Mr6n8

To the best of my knowledge every website listed here, and its downloads, are safe. By the rules of this site, no website that has a red or an orange rating at Web of Trust (WOT) is allowed in the listings. I also use LinkExtend, a browser addon that offers the ratings from six other website rating products, to verify the sites here are clean. I have never encountered any issue while visiting these sites. Additionally, I have downloaded something from every site that offers a download and have never encountered an issue. If you should ever encounter malware on any of these sites, please contact me through the site and provide the link to the offending content. Mr6n8

This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums

A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:

For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see

Free eBooks and Audio Books To Read Online Or Download

There will be other books and audiobooks on Philosphy, at the sites listed there, but not a specific section for Philosophy.

Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials.  To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help:  Library Information

Free Philosophy eBooks

2020ok has a good sized collection of links to free ebooks in its Phiosophhy collection. These are nicely divided into sub-categories.  The download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.  I did not find any here, but some links at this site are to a site (book r@gs) that used to have free ebooks, but no longer does.

Amazon has a good collection of free philosophy novels available for free download and for free reading online in their cloud viewer.  This link is to the top 100 free ebooks in the Philosophy genre.  Timothy Walker has also put together an impressive list of 40 Free Treasures of Philosophy available at Amazon.  I am sure that there are additional free ebooks available at Amazon.  Check out my article Free Kindle eBooks Online (Legally) for more hints at finding free offerings at Amazon.  Registration is required with credit card information and these offers are restricted to certain coutries.  These links are the USA site.

Athenaeum Library of Philosophy a large collection of works in a wide variety of sub-categories.  All the ones that I checked were available for free reading online without registration.

Barnes & Noble has over 8,500 free novels in its Philosophy category.  This is a mix of classic and newer works.  All are available for free download in EPUB.  Free registration, with credit card iformation, is required and there may be limitations on countires.  This link is to the USA site.

Books Should Be Free has 230 free ebooks in its Philosophy category.  Although known as an audiobook site, they also offer ebooks versions of every audiobook.  These are all available for free reading online and free download as TXT, Plucker, EPUB and MOBI for Kindle.

Carl Mickelsen maintains a library of links to Readings of Modern Philosophy, sorted by author name.  The links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary.

Classicly has close to 200 free classic ebooks in its Philosophy collection.  All of the books I looked at were available for free download in PDF of Kindle AZW.  Thanks to Tyler G for this suggestion.

College Open Textbooks  offers free textbooks in 24 different subjects.  Many are in wiki form at WikiBooks, where they may also be downloaded as PDF and some that I looked at were avaialble as PDF.  No registration required.  This link is to the Philosophy section and has a collection of 20 links to etextbooks offsite (so download and viewing options vary).

Critical Theory has links to 5 well known classics of Philosophy.  All are to Project Gutenberg and are available in the usual wide variety of formats.

Curriki has a large amount of textbooks and other educational resources, but it is hard to navigate around.  Free registration with valid email for confirmation is required.  Ranges from Kindergarden to College level.  Mostly written materials, with some audio and video.  This link is to the 112 free works offered under Philosopny.

Daily Free Books (UK) monitors Amazon (UK) for its daily free offerings.  They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit).  They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only).  They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed.  This link is to the Philosophy genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords.  There were 30 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.

Daily Free Books (USA) monitors Amazon (USA) for its daily free offerings.  They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit).  They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only).  They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed.      This link is to the Philosophy genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords.  There were 24 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.

DailyLit has 18 free classic philosophy novels in its collection.  These are delivered to your email in smaller segments for daily reading.

David Banach provides some Philosophy texts for free reading online as part of a Modern Philosophy course.

Early Modern Texts has a huge collection of early modern philosophy novels available for free download in PDF without registration.  Works are sorted by author name.

eBooks @ Adelaide the University of Adelaide provides a large collection of works in its Philosophy genre.  All are available for free reading online, free download in HTML (zip), EPUB and MOBI (Kindle).

E-Books Directory has 65 free ebooks in its Philosophy collection.  These are all links offsite, so download and viewing options vary, but all that I checked were free PDF download and free reading online.   Most are classic works, but there are some newer entries.

eBooks-Junkie  has over 100 free ebooks in its Humanities genre listings.  These are gathered from sites around the web, so download and viewing options vary.  

eBooks Library  an excellent collection in the Philosophy, Ethics & Logic section available for free download in PDF without registration.

eReader Love   monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings.  This link is to a search of Philosophy listings and at the time of this post, there were 9free ebooks listed.

eServer.org has an impressive collection of classic philosophy books, under Canonical Texts, available for free reading online.  These are sorted by author name. There are also some critical articles and links to other collections there that have works of philosophy.

Ethical Realism offers 10 unique and free books on philosophy. All are available for free download in PDF.

Foboko  has over 2400 free ebooks divided into various categories for free reading online or free download in TXT, PDF, EPUB, MOBIPocket and direct send to Kindle.  Free registration is required (I have received no spam) and there is a limit of 5 downloads per month (no limit on reading online).  There are some unique entries here.  This link is to the Philosophy genre listings, which had 36 free ebooks at the time of this listing.

Free Books.com  has the classic, The Art of War, available for free downloadin in PDF and EPUB without registration.

Free eBooks Blog monitors Amazon (USA) and other ebook sites for free ebook offerings.  This link is to their posts with a  Philosophy tag.

Free eBooks.net has 64 free ebooks in its Philosophy genre.  All are available for free reading online without registration.  Free registration is required for free download in PDF or TXT.

Free-Ed Net  offers a huge selection of free online courses and materials in a wide variety of disciplines.  Many of the links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary.  This link is to the Humanities>Philosophy category.

Free Read Feed (UK) has over 5,000 free ebook listings from Amazon (UK).  They monitor recent free offerings as well as showing some that are always free.  Like their USA counterpart below, the site offers sorting by genre, time offered, length and popularity.  This link is to the Philosophy listings, which had 40 free ebooks at the time of this post.  Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.

Georgia Download Destination  has 334 free classic ebooks in its Philosophy genre listing available for free download in EPUB without registration.  These are works from Projectt Gutenberg, but the easy layout and quick download here will appeal.  You have to press the Philosophy genre link on the left as they do not allow links directly to the genres.

Google Books  a search of Google books for free  Philosophy ebooks.  This is a large collectionand  all are available for free reading online and most for free download in EPUB.   A number of the free ebooks are not in English, but Google translate is available for reading online.

Hundred Zeros CA   monitors Amazon (Canada) for the catalog of "best sellers" free ebooks and offers genre selection and RSS feeds for the individual genres.  This link is to a search for Philosophy and it looks to be an excellent collection.

Hundred Zeros UK   monitors Amazon (UK) for the catalog of "best sellers" free ebooks and offers genre selection and RSS feeds for the individual genres.  This link is to the Philosophy genre listings and also looks to be an excellent source.

Hundred Zeros USA  monitors the "Best Sellers" free ebook list at Amazon (USA and India).  They have individual genre listings and they have RSS feeds for the individual genres.  They offer RSS and eMail updates.  This link is to the Philosophy genre listings and also looks to be an excellent source.

Indie Book Of The Day  monitors Amazon for limited time free ebook offerings.  This link is to the posts tagged Philosophy and there are some interesting entries.  They do post the reviews along with some information on the writer and book.

Infomotions  has a huge collection of etexts in its Philosophy genre.  These are indexed chronologically and all are available for free reading online without registration.

Institute For Learning Technologies   has a smaller collection of classic works of Philosophy available for free reading online.

Internet Sacred Text Archive has a good sized collection of works in its Western Philosophy section available for free reading online without registration.

Justin Holcomb has links to works of classic philosophy authors for free download at Amazon.

Life Beyond Logic offers the free ebook, Finding Reality, for free download in PDF.

Lit2Go  has The Prince by Machiavelli available for free reading online without registration and also available for free download in PDF without registration.  An audio version is also available.

Merlot a huge collection of free learning resources in a wide variety of disciplines.  The links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary.  This link is to the 322 free resources under the Philosophy section.

New World Order Library  has an interesting and unique collection in a search of Philosophy.  These are works that you will not find elsewhere.  All are available for free download in PDF without registration.

Nobooko  has 79 free ebooks in its Philosophy genre listing.  Most link to Kobo and are available for free download in EPUB after free registration (no credit card needed) at Kobo.  Since Kobo does not offer genre listings for its free ebooks, this is an excellent resource.  There are some Smashwords links in the results also.

oBooko has 24 free ebooks in its Philosophy section.  This is an interesting collection with some unique entries not found elsewhere.  Free registration is required for free download in PDF.  I have never received spam from them.

Project Gutenberg has an extensive collection of free classic Philosophy novels, nicely displayed in a chronological order within 15 categories.  All are available for free reading online and at least EPUB, MOBI, Plucker and TXT.

One Hundred Free Books   monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has a genre selection feature.  This link is to the free selections under a search for Philosophy and has about 10 free ebooks listed.

Online Books For Free has an extensive collection of classic Philosophy books, in alphabetical order of title.  All are available for free reading online.

Open Text Books has links to 5 free textbooks on Philosophy.  All are available for free reading online.

Overdrive   provides direct free downloads of 334 free ebooks in its Philosophy genre.  Although Overdrive is generally for use with a library membership, these are direct free downloads in EPUB.  Note that this does not display properly in my Firefox and I have to use the arrows to move up and down the pages.

PDF Titles  hasover 250 free ebooks in its Non-fiction>Philosophy genre listings.   Despite the name of the site, these ebooks are all available for free download in a wide variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB and Kindle compatible formats.   There is a large selection of sub-genres where additional works might be found.   A very nice collection with some unique entries.

Philosophy Pages provides links to the works of Philosophy within its discussions.  The site provides 3 methods of finding information. History, Timeline and Major Philosophers.  The links are offsite, but all of the ones I checked were available for free reading online without registration.

Snick's List  monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has the nice feature of separate genre listings for these free ebooks.  This link is to the Philosophy genre free offerings.

TaleBooks has close to 100 free classic novels on philososphy.  These are all available for free download in PDF without registration.

The Online Library of Liberty has 173 titles in its collection labeled Philosophy.  These are all available for free download in HTML, PDF, EPUB and MOBI (Kindle) without registration.

The Philosopher UK  an "interactive electronic incarnation of The Journal of the Philosophical Society of England" provides a large collection of interesting and unique articles for free reading online.

The Philosophy Pages has a large collection of classic works of philosophy.  All are available for free reading online.

Web-Books has 24 free classic novels in its Philosophy genre.  These are all for free reading online through their online viewer (press Import) and free download in WEBZ, which is essentially a zip file of HTML pages that you can view offline in your browser.

Wikisource  has a small collection of classic works in its Ethics portal.  All available for free reading online without registration.

Wikiversity  a "project devoted to learning resources, learning projects and research" for preschool through university level.  All are available for free reading online without registration.  This link is to their School of Philosophy.

Conclusion

If you know of a site that may be added to the listings, please post in the comments for the page.

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July 27, 2013, 28 new sites added. All links here checked and working. There are 59 sites listed now. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve
March 26, 2013, 9 new sites added. All links here checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve

Great! Thank you for doing that work. I am sorry I didn't bit on "reasoning isn't that popular" I will get you next time.

I missed this post. No problem on the missed quip - was not that good. Anyhow, thanks for the category suggestion and enjoy. Steve