Easy Philosophy Books – Getting Started in 2017

Easy Philosophy Books – Getting Started in 2017

Easy Philosophy Books for 2017.

Thinking about philosophy is something we all do whether you realize it or not.   Over a coffee or over a beer we use our mind to philosophize – that is ponder life, the universe and everything. 

At WhyToRead we think reading is one of the most important things you can do for your mind.  Get started reading easy philosophy books and develop your mind and expand your thinking.

1. Letters from A Stoic – Seneca

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Seneca was Roman Stoic philosopher from period of late Stoic philosophy. He lived from circa 4 BC till 65 AD. As well being philosopher he was also statesman and dramatist of the Silver Age of Latin literature. Seneca’s writings present typical themes of Stoic philosophy, like that the universe is governed for the best by a rational providence; contentment is achieved through a simple, unperturbed life in accordance with nature and duty to the state; human suffering should be accepted and has a beneficial effect on the soul; study and learning are important.  These letters present ideals admired by the Stoics and they also reveal how Seneca’s ideas were very advanced. They are a relatively easy read leaving you energy to ponder how best to confront life’s problems and one’s own mortality.

2. The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave

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Publius Syrus was a Latin writer of Syrian origin  alive around 85-43 BC. He was bought as a slave to Italy, but because he was very talented his master freed him and educated him.  Syrus is best known for his sententiae i.e. short moral saying like proverbs, aphorisms, or maxims.
The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus is a collection of various moral maxims. They are written in iambic and trochaic verse. Maxims are actually short verse which are arranged in alphabetical order according to initial letter of the maxima. The number of verses originally written by Publius Syrus was about 700, but during the course of history maxims by other thinkers were added to the collection. This is an interesting read and each reader will definitely find some moral maxima that resonates.

3. Fragments (Penguin Classics) – Heraclitus

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Heraclitus was a well-known ancient pre- Socratic Greek philosopher from Ephesus. He lived ca 535 – 475 BC. A self-taught thinker,  he was sometimes called the “Weeping Philosopher” because he led a lonely life and was very stressed about the needless unconsciousness of humankind.  Famous for his saying that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”.  In his philosophy he insisted on ever-present change as being the fundamental essence of the universe.  He also insisted on the unity of opposites in the world. He influenced many other famous philosophers like Plato, and philosophical schools like Stoics. Heraclitus wrote a book called On Nature, but the text of that book has been lost over time. The only existing records of his writing are Fragments. This work tantalized many great thinkers for centuries. It is an interesting and deep read that consist of 130 short thoughts – that can be read by anyone. A great place to start your easy philosophy books reading.

4. The Complete Essays – Michel de Montaigne

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Michel de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne, is one of the most known philosophers of the French Renaissance. He was born on 28 February 1533 and died on 13 September 1592. He is best known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. Montaigne had a direct influence on many writers including Francis Bacon, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, etc.
His most known work is Essays. This collection of a large number of short, subjective treatments on various topics was published in 1580. The essays are inspired by the works of philosophers Plutarch and Lucretius and his goal in this work was to describe humans with utter honesty. The style of writing is rhetoric and the aim is to intrigue and involve the reader. This is highly satisfying classical read that can be read and reread.

5. Nature and Selected Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer and poet. He was born 25 May 1803 in Boston and died 27 April 1882 and led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a famous for his lectures through which he disseminated his thoughts. During his lifetime he did more than 1500 public lectures across USA. All of his works (essays) were first written as lectures and later they were revised for print. The core of his thinking represents two collections of essays: Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series. Part of these collections is Emerson’s famous essay on Nature. In this essay Emerson laid the foundation of transcendentalism. In it he tried to solve one abstract problem and that is why humans do not fully accept nature’s beauty.
This essay is a great read for all those interested in an introduction to transcendentalism – the belief system that adopts a non-traditional appreciation of nature.

6. The Essential Epicurus – Epicurus

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Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and founder of school philosophy Epicureanism. He lived from 341 – 270 BC. During his life he wrote around 300 works, but only few fragments remain today. Most of what we know about him we find out from works of his followers and commentators. Ataraxia and aponia i.e. peace and freedom from fear and the absence of pain are two main ideas in Epicurus philosophy. For him the purpose of philosophy is to live a happy and tranquil life. A life characterized by ataraxia and aponia, and it can be reached by living it self-sufficiently surrounded by friends. For Epicurus pleasure and pain were measures of good and evil.
These fragments are the only remains of Epicurus work, but beside fragments they do contain three letters. They are easy to read but on the other hand as many philosophers’ works they contain deeper meaning and they seek the involved reader. Get started today with easy philosophy books to strengthen your mind and peace.

Logic Books Will Teach You How To Argue.

Logic Books Will Teach You How To Argue.

New year, new arguments.  Read these logic books to learn how to put together a solid argument.

Logic Books will help you improve your English language skills and learn to overcome fallacies too?  English and logic dont always go together, however this list will help you develop a consistent, logical argument anywhere.

1. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments – Ali Almossawi

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Do you want to learn how to create flawless logical argument? Don’t know where to begin? Then you need to read An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. The cute pictures (illustrations) of small errors in reasoning chosen by the author show you where it’s easy to slip.  From an information engineer at Mozilla, this is a Best Seller in logic books.

By understanding the common mistakes in reasoning and when they occur you can learn to avoid them. The simple illustrations are a great way to emphasize the irregularities in logic. And the small character animals also make it easier for you to remember the faulty reasoning mistakes not to make.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments gives you the first step in learning to have a rational and logical argument by showing you the common mistakes and how to avoid them in a cute and memorable book.

2. A Rulebook for Arguments – Anthony Weston

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A Rulebook for Arguments will show you how to construct logical arguments in order to sustain your conclusion. It is an elegantly organized book that walks you through logical reasoning from how to form an idea to develop it to become a logical algorithm that supports it. Each step is thoroughly explained and illustrated in order to help you get a better understanding of how to better conceive and sustain your thesis.

This book helps you form clean and organized arguments that will support your case. A Rulebook for Arguments offers support for written papers. But the algorithms of thinking and organizing your arguments will also help you in speeches and simple discussions with friends.

3. Mastering Logical Fallacies: The Definitive Guide to Flawless Rhetoric and Bulletproof Logic – Michael Withey

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Often we find ourselves in a situation where we know that our arguments are logical and true, but the simple use of a fallacy; a true statement with an incorrect content; throws us out of the debate because all of a sudden our reasoning doesn’t make sense. Its frustrating. This is why it is important to be able to recognize fallacies.

Mastering Logical Fallacies not only shows you how to recognize them, but also how to battle them in an argument. This book breaks down fallacies into logical steps and also puts them into real life situations for better understanding.

Knowing how to dismantle fallacies can give you the upper hand in an argument. Now you can introduce logical and rational arguments into the discussion, and furthermore, sustain your case, argument or thesis with flow.

4. How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday – Gerry Spence

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Arguing a point it’s not only for scholars and lawyers. Making a valid point every time you talk to someone makes you look smart and confident. Former trial lawyer, Gerry Spence, takes his experience with arguing out of the court room and teaches us how to build an argument in order to win.

He proposes an affirmative action type of strategy. Everyone can have a successful argument with a structured and patient pace. The author outlines the “Locks” in a conversation as the objections the other person has and the “Keys” are the way to rebut their argument.

How to Argue & Win Every Time shows you how easy it is to form an argument and then to sustain it without being thrown by your opponent.

5. Critique of Pure Reason – Immanuel Kant

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Immanuel Kant is the author and philosopher who stands at the base of modern logical thinking. He introduces the concept of analytic and synthetic judgments. The first having an implied or predictable subject, and the second needing more specification. Kant states that reasoning begins with analytic judgments, but synthetic ones are needed on complicated matters.

Critique of Pure Reason is a more scholarly logic book that everybody should read once in a lifetime. Even if they are not that interested in logical reasoning. Even if we are unaware of it, Kant has effectively developed the system we are using today to argue in our society.

The clear and elegant construction of reasoning Kant presents is a valid point of view for everyone that wants to understand how speech and critical thinking work.

6. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument – Stella Cottrell

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Critical Thinking Skills is another logic book that helps you develop your critical skills by breaking down the process into easy understandable steps. Also, this author gives you clear examples and stimulates you with exercises in order to practice your skills.

This book is perfect for all those who try to learn logical reasoning and critical thinking in an organized and way. The exercises at the end of every step help you understand faster where your problems are and how to correct them. Also, by solving them you will introduce critical thinking into day to day life without having to try too hard.

7. How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Information Architecture for Everybody – Abby Covert

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Abby Covert brings a new concept to the critical thinking field: information architecture, and talks about it through the perspective of the real practical world. Information architecture teaches you how to be more organized with information. It also assists you to understand the information around you faster.

How to Make Sense of Any Mess has a seven step process that will help you sort new information in valuable and practical ways. It includes exercises that are great for organizing your train of thought, speech and life. Read this book so you will have a more organized speech because you will know what information is valuable for the point you are making.

Philosophy Books – Best Sellers You Should Read in 2016

Philosophy Books – Best Sellers You Should Read in 2016

If you are wondering where to get started, these “best selling” philosophy books are well worth reading.  From the personal philosophy of one of the worlds greatest entrepreneurs, Elon Musk, to Zen philosophy, we guarantee if you take the time to read you will benefit by learning something about the world or yourself. (Reviews below the list)

1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance
2. Gratitude – Oliver Sacks
3. Zen: Zen for Beginners: A step-by-step Guide to achieving a stress-free life & finding happiness with Zen Buddhism – Reiju Gensho
4. The Road to Character – David Brooks
5. Happiness and Success: The Zen Transformation: How to Find Success and Happiness – Jason Delilah and George Cross

WhyToRead reviews Top 5 Best Selling Philosophy Books you should read in 2016

1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance

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Perhaps not a typical ‘philosophy books’ offering. Yet what is more fascinating than a success story is the glimpse into the thought process of a visionary. Vance’s book on Elon Musk is more than a biography. It offers plenty of insight into the inventor himself – his grand visions, work ethic, professional network, and how he overcomes setbacks, not just at work but also in his personal life. The book paints an excellent portrait of one of the most intriguing people of our time and clearly details his vision for the future of humanity.

2. Gratitude – Oliver Sacks

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Neurologist Oliver Sacks passed away in August 2015, leaving behind the last piece of his literary legacy in the form of a short collection of essays. Written in the last two years of his life, these profound personal essays explore the subject of aging and dying. An excellent book for light philosophical reading, Sacks’ perspective will stir a sense of gratitude for all things in your own life.

3. Zen: Zen for Beginners: A step-by-step Guide to achieving a stress-free life & finding happiness with Zen Buddhism – Reiju Gensho

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In our increasingly fast-paced world, incorporating a little Zen into your daily life will work wonders in finding inner peace amidst daily chaos. Zen for Beginners is a short and practical guide for living the Zen lifestyle. The chapters are clear and concise. Each one will guide you to make positive changes based on Buddhist principles that will improve your life. A classic philosophy text.

4. The Road to Character – David Brooks

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How can one build a strong inner character? Brooks explores the subject of character building by looking to some of the most inspiring thinkers and leaders throughout history as example. There is also an extensive look at the changes in general societal values. How things have changed after WWII and the impact technological advances have on the way people think. Overall, The Road to Character is an interesting examination of many complex factors that contributes to building a strong individual character.

5. Happiness and Success: The Zen Transformation: How to Find Success and Happiness – Jason Delilah and George Cross

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There are plenty of success self-help guides out there, but very few of them give much attention to the elusive aspect that people often assume comes with being successful – happiness. This book will introduce you to the fundamental concepts to attain the necessary balance of happiness and success. You will learn practical approaches to cultivate more self-awareness, patience and inner calm, which are important factors to being happy. In turn these will help you achieve even more success. A unique philosophy book on happiness.

For more philosophy books, see our other lists such as modern philosophy.

5 Most Reviewed Philosophy Books 2015

5 Most Reviewed Philosophy Books 2015

Books that get reviewed a lot have either engaged or provoked the reader.  We want to read these books to see what the fuss is about.  This list ranges from cult-like books to an inspirational classic.

So put these on your 2016 philosophy book list today!  (You do keep lists of books to read dont you?  By genre? Or we letting our OCD out too much here).

5 Most Reviewed Philosophy Books 2015

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondo

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If you have a lot of clutter to organize, Kondo’s book offers a unique out-of-the-box philosophy to clearing the mess. The underlying concept is to love and care for your belongings as if they are “real”. This will make them last longer and you will feel better taking good care of the things you use every day. While the idea of anthropomorphizing your possessions may seem strange initially, just approach the idea with an open mind and you will have clutter under control in no time. Rapidly reaching cult status, this book not only teaches you how to organize clutter, but also cultivate habits that promote neatness.

2. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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What influences our judgment and decision making? Kahneman presents a breakthrough approach to understanding the intricate workings of the human mind by introducing two mental systems. The first system is quick to work, making snap decisions based on emotions and past experiences, while the second system involves taking time to consider facts. Both ways of thinking have their pros and cons. For those with a general interest in philosophy, Kahneman’s book is a fascinating look at what makes us decide to do the things we do.

3.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

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Once in a while, there comes a book that is in a league of its own and Pirsig’s book is one such work. Original, engaging and thought-provoking, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is Pirsig’s attempt to create practical philosophy by drawing on actual experience from a motorcycle road trip. If you are new to philosophy books, this one may just prompt your interest in the subject.

4. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

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What you achieve is the result of your own thought – that is the simple unifying message in this excellent compilation of essays by Allen on succeeding in life. Allen basically highlights what is commonly known, yet rarely acknowledged or practiced; that we are all responsible for creating our own lot in life with our thoughts, decisions and actions. This highly inspirational and classic philosophy book is worth reading as a reminder of our own power to change and improve any area of our life.

5. Anthem – Ayn Rand

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Set in a dystopian world where each human being is reduced to numbers, devoid of individuality or freedom to make decisions, Rand’s novel tackles the theme of individual freedom. Like her other works, Anthem introduces Rand’s philosophy of objectivism, in this case, as it pertains to the individual. The novel is short and easy to read, but will have you thinking for hours on end after turning the last page.

Top 10 Modern Philosophy Books of 2015

Top 10 Modern Philosophy Books of 2015

This list of top 10 selling modern philosophy books may seem a little random at times.

Its been said you dont read philosophy books, you delve into them to help you answer questions about life, reality, knowledge, values, reason and more. So this varied list of the top selling modern philosophy books in 2015 simply reflects our collective curiosity about all aspects of life from sexuality to architecture.

Modern Philosophy covers roughly, 17th to 20th century thinkers, originating in Western Europe.  It followed the  well know renaissance period, and in turn, is followed by post modernity philosophy.  Key figures in modern philosophy typically fall into one of two groups – the “rationalists” arguing all knowledge begins from innate ideas, and included many famous people such as Descartes – famous for his philosophy quote “I think, therefore I am”, and Leibniz.  The “empiricists” who argued knowledge begins with sensory experience, such as John Locke and David Hume, are perhaps lesser known. Later modern philosophers include Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Delve into this top selling list and reap the benefits of reading widely to improve your thinking skills.

1. The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety – Alan Watts

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As humans, we crave some sort of psychological security – whether we are aware of it or not. Watts examines our efforts to find the needed answers to quell our spiritual and intellectual uncertainties, and why it is important to live in the present moment. This book will challenge your habitual ways of thinking and perceptions, providing food for thought in more than a few ways. What if there really is no such thing as certainty or stability, but only a present moment that infinitely unfolds?

2. On Inequality – Harry Frankfurt

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Is equal distribution of wealth and income the answer we need to irradicate economic inequality? Not really, according to Frankfurt. In this book, he hypothesizes that we are morally obligated to eliminate poverty, rather than concern over egalitarian principles. In the fight against poverty, Frankfurt argues that it is more important for people to have sufficient of what they need for a decent quality of life. Unlike other books that are more theoretical, On Inequality cuts to the chase of the age-old argument regarding the injustices surrounding income disparity. The author even proposes some original solutions that could create a more balance society.

3. The History of Sexuality – Michel Foucault

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Think you know all there is to know about sex? You may not be so sure after reading Foucault’s three-volume study of sexuality in the western world. The French historian and philosopher presents a fascinating study into how historical trends have molded our contemporary interpretation of sexuality. This is a work that is not to be missed by anyone interested in gender studies, and it may even compel you to confront deeply held personal assumptions about gender and sexuality.

4. Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison – Michael Foucault

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The prison system exists so that wrongdoers can be punished by the law; or at least that’s the simple principle. In this enlightening book, Foucault makes a compelling argument that disciplinary measures are not exclusive to prisons, but have been pervasive in our daily lives. He builds a strong case by tracing the history of penal systems, from 17th century corporal punishment to modern juvenile delinquent rehabilitation. After reading this book, you will not look at school detentions and surveillance cameras the same way again.

5. Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living

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Bruce Lee was a multifaceted man – martial artist, actor, and thinker – whose life was cut short by tragedy. Striking Thoughts is a comprehensive compilation of Lee’s wisdom that made him such a success. This easy-to-read book covers 72 topics and 825 aphorisms, ranging from spirituality and physical training to family life and filmmaking, all of which the great master was known to live by. If you are looking for a daily dose of inspiration and philosophy from an extraordinary mind, this book is the way to go.

6. The Poetics of Space – Gaston Bachelard

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What makes a house a home? According to French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, our memories and thoughts have an impression on the physical space in which we live, giving it a unique character of its own. Applying the principles of phenomenology to architecture, the author gives an in-depth examination of details in houses and the metaphors they serve. His observations are nicely balanced out with rational explanations. Some readers may argue that the author’s observations and conclusions are entirely subjective, since the meaning of features in houses differs with each individual’s perception. Nonetheless, this book is an interesting read, especially for architecture students and home decoration enthusiasts.

7. Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Considered by many to be Nietzsche’s most influential work, this philosophical novel tells the tale of ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra emerging from his solitude to tell the world that God is dead. The narrative is simple, but filled with metaphors that present readers with the challenge to decipher its deeper meaning. It is not the easiest philosophy book to read, but it is worth reading. It is one of those books that will leave you with ideas to think about for hours after you put it down.

8. The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers, Seventh Edition – Robert L. Heilbroner

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What makes the modern economy so different from that of the olden times? This book wonderfully traces and summarizes how economic thoughts have evolved over the last 200 years. Heilbroner looks into the schools of thought from various thinkers throughout history. He also touches on the lives of economic philosophers to see if there is a link between their life experiences and their writings. The Worldly Philosophers draws on history to help us understand our own times, making it an enlightening read.

9. The Human Condition – Hannah Arendt

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Although it was first published in 1858, the issues presented in The Human Condition have become much more relevant now than before. Arendt takes readers on a crash course of human and philosophical history, demonstrating how the past has a hand in shaping our modern way of life and the way we see ourselves. Original, thought-provoking and broad in its scope, this book is a masterpiece way ahead of its time that delves into the unending question of what it means to be human.

10. Phenomenology of Spirit – GWF Hegel

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If you are unfamiliar with metaphysical concepts, do not expect to understand this book the first time you read it. Hegel’s basic argument is that human existence is more than the physical form, and that we will ultimately move towards transcending our primitive animalistic nature, into beings of pure reason. Phenomenology of Spirit is not for the faint-hearted reader; it is 600 pages long, and may require plenty of re-reading, thinking and studying to truly grasp its contents. However, it is one of the most masterful, comprehensive and profound works in Western philosophy.

10 Life Changing Philosophical Literature Books

10 Life Changing Philosophical Literature Books

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Fiction can be a great source of philosophical enlightenment. You don’t have to read non-fiction books written by philosophers to be introduced to new and mind blowing ideas. A great piece of literature written by some of the best writers in our history not only teaches you something you should know, but it entertains you while doing so.

Just like the best teacher you had in school, who taught you while keeping it interesting with stories, great philosophical writers bring us new insights about the human psyche while telling us fascinating stories.

10 Life Changing Philosophical Literature Books

1. The Stranger – Albert Camus

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(As featured in 10 Best Existential Fiction Books That Will Alter Your Existence)

The Stranger is a haunting, challenging masterpiece of literature. While it is fiction, it actually manages to express the complex concepts and themes of existential philosophy better than the movement’s most noted philosophical writings. It’s a fantastic read, especially for contemplating human nature and our roles in the universe, if any.

2. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

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(As featured 10 Great Books That Will Make You Change Your Life)This book will shift your focus from the worries of the future unto the beauty of the present moment.

Reading this book will put you in a state of tranquility and it will make you question your perspective on many about your life.

3. 1984 – George Orwell

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Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn’t exist as such, but was merely what the “Big Brother” said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. A terrifying glimpse into the future that could be, or already is.

4. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Philosophical Literature BooksCrime and Punishment centers upon the story of a young Russian student, Raskolnikov, who plots and carries out a brutal murder. However, this is less than a quarter of the story. The rest centers upon his attempts to come to terms with the philosophical and psycological consequences of his act.

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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A great book about the dangers of holding on to vanity and pride, The Picture of Dorian Grey is a remarkable book filled with moments of great self-reflection, we see Dorian Grey go on a sensual quest and the outcome of that is the final twist in the book.

6. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Philosophical Literature BooksThis book is widely considered to be one to the best books ever written, and it will undoubtedly change your life. The story follows the lives of old man Karamazov, a filthy penny-pinching lech and his three sons. Each son represents a different side to the Russian character: Dimitri the spoiled lout (or the prodigal son), Ivan the tortured intellect, and Alyosha the spiritual searcher.

7. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Philosophical Literature BooksLord of the Flies is a 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel Prize winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.

8. Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophical Literature BooksNietzsche constructed one of the most original and radical philosophies in all its history, as challenging to everyday life as Karl Marx. His ideas still send shockwaves through the Christian community because so much of what he says is blatantly obvious and true.

Most people dismiss Nietzsche’s slogan that “God is dead”, but in this work Nietzsche truly refines this statement and incorporates brilliant ideas about living for the Earth, striving to become Der Ubermensch and the path to release from Christianities chains.

9. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World is both one of the best science fiction books and one of the most brilliant pieces of satire ever written. It takes place on a future Earth where human beings are mass-produced and conditioned for lives in a rigid caste system. As the story progresses, we learn some of the disturbing secrets that lie underneath the bright, shiny façade of this highly-ordered world.

10. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s 20th century classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don’t put out fires–they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal–a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad.

11. The Trial – Franz Kafka 

Philosophical Literature BooksThe story follows Joseph K while he is on trial by a seemingly arbitrary court system. What starts out feeling like a cautionary tale about misplaced and abused power quickly gets stranger and morphs into a story of a deeper and more personal trial. Before long, you notice that K is the one who seems to be doing the work of trying himself.

12. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Philosophical Literature BooksThe Metamorphosis is not only one of the best books under 100 pages, it’s one of the best books ever written.

A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family’s reaction to the change. But it’s not just a story about a man turning into an insect. It’s a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner becoming unable to work, and also on a wider scope, the way society reacts to someone who is disabled, or terminally ill.

13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Philosophical Literature BooksIn The Unbearable Lightness of Being Kundera tries to determine whether our actions on this earth have significance and therefore weight, or whether our actions have no ramifications and are therefore light and are dead in advance.

14. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

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Fight Club is the story of an unnamed narrator, an insomniac yuppie who spends his days helping insurance companies get out of having to pay their claims. He wanders through a meaningless life until he discovers the emotional release of attending therapy groups for people suffering from various deadly diseases. He meets Tyler Durden around this time and it’s Tyler who turns his life upside down.

15. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

Philosophical Literature BooksA sobering exploration of the dangers inherent in the combination of human stupidity and indifference with mankind’s technological capacity for destruction.

10 Best Existential Fiction Books That Will Alter Your Existence

10 Best Existential Fiction Books That Will Alter Your Existence

Existentialism is a largely philosophical notion that human existence is more or less, meaningless.

Søren Kierkegaard, generally considered to have been the first existentialist philosopher, proposed that each individual—not society or religion—is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely.

The existential fiction books on this list have been written by some of the worlds most distinguished authors, and they’re sure to make such an impact on you that the way you observes and explore your life will be altered.

10 Best Existential Fiction Books To Alter Your Existence

1. The Stranger – Albert Camus

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(Featured in 10 Books That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind)

The Stranger is a haunting, challenging masterpiece of literature. While it is fiction, it actually manages to express the complex concepts and themes of existential philosophy better than the movement’s most noted philosophical writings. It’s a fantastic read, especially for contemplating human nature and our roles in the universe, if any.

2. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

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A sobering exploration of the dangers inherent in the combination of human stupidity and indifference with mankind’s technological capacity for destruction.

3. Notes from Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Best Existential Fiction Books To Alter Your Existence

Notes from the Underground is not only a masterpiece of Russian and existentialist literature, but all literature in general. Weighty issues such as man’s desire to always choose free will, even if it’s not in his best interest but merely for the fact that he can choose free will; and the moral and intellectual estrangement of the acutely aware man from himself, are discussed here.

4. The Trial – Franz Kafka

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The story follows Joseph K while he’s on trial by a seemingly arbitrary court system. What starts out feeling like a cautionary tale about misplaced and abused power quickly becomes stranger and morphs into a story of a deeper and more personal trial. Before long, you notice that K is the one who seems to be doing the work of trying himself.

5. Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre

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Antoine Roquentin is a solitary man, recently afflicted with a recurrent feeling, one that he terms ‘the Nausea’. He feels that life is repugnant, a vapid, shallow game between mindless people who have no real idea of their own purpose or consequence. At first he dismisses these feelings as the typical lonely thoughts of an ageing academic, but as he is able to examine himself with greater clarity, Roquentin begins to learn that maybe he has stumbled upon one of the great truths of our reality.

6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

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In The Unbearable Lightness of Being Kundera tries to determine whether our actions on this earth have significance and therefore weight, or whether our actions have no ramifications and are therefore light and are dead in advance.

7. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

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(Featured in 10 Books That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind)

Fight Club is the story of an unnamed narrator, an insomniac yuppie who spends his days helping insurance companies get out of having to pay their claims. He wanders through a meaningless life until he discovers the emotional release of attending therapy groups for people suffering from various deadly diseases. He meets Tyler Durden around this time and it’s Tyler who turns his life upside down.

8. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

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“Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful!”. That phrase, said by one of the main characters of Waiting for Godot, somehow sums up the whole plot. The play starts with two men, Vladimir and Estragon, sitting on a lonely road. They are both waiting for Godot. They don’t know why they are waiting for him, but they think that his arrival will change things for the better.

9. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

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Invisible Man is timeless and its hard to believe that it was written nearly fifty years ago. This book is about far more than racism, it is about loss of innocence and the rape of the soul. It is about exploitation, manipulation, and the gross hypocrisy that can exist in our society.

10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

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(Featured in 7 Great Book Titles That Make You Want To Read The Book)

The novel is essentially a paranoid fantasy about machines which pretend to be people. This is the book which the Ridley Scotts film Blade Runner was loosely based on.

 

9 Thought Provoking Books Everyone Should Read

9 Thought Provoking Books Everyone Should Read

We wanted to find the books that created such an intense feeling in its readers that it left them thinking about it for a long time. These thought provoking books will change your perspective and they will stay with you, long after you’ve finished the book.

9 Thought Provoking Books Everyone Should Read

1. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein

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Written at the peak of Robert A. Heinlein’s creative powers in the mid-sixties, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress ranks with “Stranger in a Strange Land” as his most popular and acclaimed novel. Heinlein was furiously ingenious at this stage in his career, and this novel is an incredible feat of imagination, intellect, and writing talent.

He plays with language, revolutionary politics, propaganda, sex, families, economics, war and the question of when does a machine become human.

2. Siddhartha Mass Market – Hermann Hesse

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Siddhartha is that most unusual of all stories – one that follows a character throughout most of his life and describes that life in terms of a spiritual journey. For those who are ready to think about what their spiritual journey can be, Siddhartha will be a revelation.

3. Cat’s Cradle: A Novel – Kurt Vonnegut

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Cat’s Cradle is by far the best Vonnegut novel that I have yet read. Blending his patented wry humor with acute social insight presented in an absurd fantasy world, Vonnegut has written an exceptional novel of love, lies, and the self destruction of mankind.

4. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

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This is a wonderful and highly original novel about a mentally challenged man named Charlie who wanted to be smart. One day, his wish was granted. A group of scientists selected him for an experimental operation which would to raise his intelligence to genius level. Suddenly, Charlie found himself transformed, and life changed.

5. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

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The story follows the journey of Milo, a boy bored of basically everything around him. One day he receives a mysterious package that turns out to be a tollbooth. For lack of anything better to do, he puts it together and begins to play, only to find himself driving in an entirely different world.

6. East of Eden – John Steinbeck

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East of Eden is for those who think, who care about who they are and who they want to be or ought to have been. People have talked of its being depressing. It’s not. The Biblical tale of Cain and Abel sets the tone as we are introduced to two sets of brothers. Each tries to win the love of his father in different ways. The story of why one brother succeeds while another feels unloved is beautifully told.

7. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World” is both one of the best science fiction books and one of the most brilliant pieces of satire ever written. It takes place on a future Earth where human beings are mass-produced and conditioned for lives in a rigid caste system. As the story progresses, we learn some of the disturbing secrets that lie underneath the bright, shiny facade of this highly-ordered world.

8. The Giver – Lois Lowry

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Jonas lives in a perfect world where war, disease, and suffering have all been eradicated. The people have no worries or cares. The Community strives for “sameness,” in which everyone and everything are the same and equal. To help the Community function as a cohesive unit, each member is assigned a position in society. When Jonas turns twelve, the Community selects him to be the new “Receiver of Memories.” Only the “Giver” knows the truth and memories of the past, and now he must pass these memories on to Jonas.

9. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Mass Market – Robert M. Pirsig

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Phaedrus, our narrator, takes a present-tense cross-country motorcycle trip with his son during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how we can unify the cold, rational realm of technology with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry. This book is famous because it fills a perfect niche in that it introduces some very complicated philosophical questions in a form that the common reader will find interesting.

Wake Up! 3 Books To Help You Wake Up And Live Your Life

Wake Up! 3 Books To Help You Wake Up And Live Your Life

Wake Up!

In today’s world, you can be consumed by the monotonous and doing the same things as everyone else, without ever stopping to think about what you want to do. Its time to wake up and live YOUR life, and the books below will help you do just that.

So, without further ado, WAKE UP!

3 Books To Help You Wake Up And Live Your Life

1. Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment – Deepak Chopra

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At the beginning of the book, the author tells us that he has added fictional sections to the story of the Buddha, to fill in blanks of what we know. But don’t let that put you off. Its been done well and the story of the Buddha (literally meaning the awoken one or the enlightened one) is one may can relate to.

2. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion – Sam Harris

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This book is a guide to meditation with the backing of neuroscience and psychology. Sam Harris is a neuro-scientist and with the knowledge he gained, he explores the scientific underpinnings of spirituality and waking up to who you are.

3. Wake Up! Your Life is Calling: Why Settle for Fine When So Much More is Possible? – Mike Jaffe

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More about the monotonous coasting through life which most people consume their lives with, Mike Jaffe explores what it is to produce the extraordinary life of your dreams by over coming your fears and waking up!

What is Stoicism? All You Need To Know About Stoicism in 3 Books

What is Stoicism? All You Need To Know About Stoicism in 3 Books

Stoicism Definition

Stoicism or more appropriately a Stoic is defined as someone who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining. Stoics taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason that governs nature, and are indifferent to the changes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.

Below are the only 3 books you need to read to understand exactly what is Stoicism.

What is Stoicism? All You Need To Know About Stoicism in 3 Books

1. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

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The message, by the roman emperor Marcus Aurelius during his reign, is simple but extraordinarily powerful: life is short, the past and the future are inaccessible, pain and pleasure have no meaning, but inside each one of us there is a ruling faculty that is touched only by itself. Only that which makes us better capable of confronting our condition with resolution and courage can be said to be good, and only that which makes us worse and more unsatisfied can be said to be bad.

2. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – William B. Irvine

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Classic Stoicism preaches a way of life that can bring tranquility and joy to anyone. Through simple psychological techniques such as negative visualization, loss of control, or internalization of goals, one can stop negative feelings such as anxiety, fear, or frustration, while learning how to better deal with insult or grief, and why fame and luxury should not be looked for. This book is arguably one of the first Acceptance and Commitment Therapy books to be written.

3. Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness – Epictetus

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Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he built an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings can’t control life, only their responses to it. From the very bottom of the Roman social ladder, he taught and practiced a philosophy that came to be called “Stoicism” and influenced Roman society all the way to the very top.