Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies

under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Address to the People of Kazakhstan by President

of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

A strong system «Responsible State - Responsible Society - 

Responsible Person» must be perpetuated in our country.


«The 25 Key Books on Philosophy» is a summary of the history of the development of the main stages of Western philosophy.

The author of the textbook is a famous French writer, teacher, philosopher, sociologist Remy Hess (Rémi Hess), who for many years conducted scientific and teaching activities in universities and schools in Paris.  Under his scientific supervision, 80 doctoral dissertations were successfully defended.  Forty of his students became university professors in fifteen countries on four continents of the world.  He was also the editor of scientific papers by more than 350 authors. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9mi_Hess

Remy Hess presents his own original version of the world history of philosophy - from Plato to Bergson, from Aristotle to Heidegger.  According to experts, in his books "paradoxical ideas resonate with wise poetry, demonstrating the mental power of mankind."

The textbook examines the life and work of 25 prominent thinkers in the history of philosophy of different eras, their most famous scientific works.  The pages of the book examine the features of personality, thinking and approaches of these philosophers, present their famous philosophical concepts of the state and religion, art and morality, language and history, and others.  Among them, for example, are the concepts of Plato’s love, the religion of St. Augustine, the ethics of Aristotle and Spinoza, Hegel’s rights, Rousseau’s social inequality and others.  At the end of each chapter, a detailed analysis and commentary is presented, revealing the essence of those or other topics that the author raised.

The new textbook is available in three formats - in the form of a regular book, an electronic version, as well as in a series of lectures as a video library. https://openu.kz/kz/book/filosofiyanyng-tangdauly-25-kitaby

In the preface, the author notes that the book is intended to introduce the younger generation to philosophical science, which expands human knowledge and plays a large role in the process of growing worldview.  He also mentions that before that it was translated only into two languages ​​and a new version of the book in the Kazakh language will open the door to a new culture.