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I am very new to set theory and have only learned the basics up to cardinal and ordinal aritmetic. I would like to learn about large cardinals and I am reading Thomas Jech's Set Theory. I have read that Kanamori's book is a good resource but I think that one is a bit advanced for me still. Are there any other books out there? Also is there a book that looks at the philosophical aspects of the subject and is less technical? Thanks:)

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You should learn more about basic set theory, then. Kanamori's book is an excellent reference, and for large cardinals I think it's better than Jech's book. I find his writing style to be easier to read. You should continue learning the basics of set theory, when you can read Kanamori's book then you're in a level sufficient for understanding large cardinals. –  Asaf Karagila Jul 12 '13 at 14:02
I guess the easiest book on the topic is Set Theory: An Introduction to Large Cardinals by Drake. –  Michael Greinecker Jul 12 '13 at 14:16
Though quite nice, the problem with Drake's book is that it is badly dated. In particular, most large cardinals that are the focus of current research are not developed there, notoriously Woodin cardinals. Kanamori is the reference. –  Andres Caicedo Jul 12 '13 at 15:32
For philosophical aspects, I would suggest to begin with Maddy's two papers on "Believing the axioms", J. Symbolic Logic 53 (1988), no. 2, 481-511 and no. 3, 736-764. –  Andres Caicedo Jul 12 '13 at 16:12
Hi there. Textbook recommendation questions are usually marked "community wiki" because there is no one correct answer. You can make this change by clicking the "edit" button then checking the "CW" box. In the old version of MathOverflow it was in the lower right, but I'm not sure now. Anyway, it shouldn't be too hard to find. I don't know any good introductory books on Large Cardinals. I learned most of what I know about them from Locally Presentable and Accessible Categories, by Adamek and Rosicky. Might be a bit technical for a starting place, though. –  David White Jul 12 '13 at 16:29

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