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.

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.

Humanism: 5 Essential Humanism Books

Humanism: 5 Essential Humanism Books

What is Humanism?

Humanism is defined as:

“a rationalist outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.”

Humanists are people who believe in the scientific method as a way of understanding the universe, and attach little significance to and theory or idea that is not based on scientific research. Reason, logic and morality are important to humanists, and to understand humanism in full, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 books on this area of philosophical thought.

5 Essential Humanism Books

1. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself –David McRaney

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This book is one that you will breeze through quickly, and after nearly every page, want to tell every single person you know what you have learned. It fully explains how the tenants of psychology apply to your life, even though you never realize it. Whether you’re deciding which smartphone to purchase or which politician to believe, you think you are a rational being whose every decision is based on cool, detached logic. But here’s the truth: You are not so smart, and this book will tell you why.

2. Essays In Humanism Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein was undoubtedly the most famous and revolutionary scientist of the 20th Century. But he also had wide-ranging beliefs about politics and social affairs. This book is a collection of 43 essays and talks that were written for specific occasions. They cover a variety of humanistic topics that interested him and in several cases provide useful lessons for our own time.

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This is a deep, thoughtful book for people who are interested in knowing the case against religion. In the second part of his book he presents an argument for Humanism, of which Grayling has a great deal to say.

“Humanism”, he says, “is the concern to draw the best from, and make the best of, human life in the span of the human lifetime, in the real world, and in sensible accord with the facts of humanity as these are shaped and constrained by the world. This entails that humanism rejects religious claims about the source of morality and value.”

4. What Is Secular Humanism? Paul Kurtz

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There are few American philosophers better qualified to write on secular humanism than Paul Kurtz, and his What Is Secular Humanism? This small book, which is actually the text of an article Kurtz wrote for the New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, is a very good primer on the conceptual structure of secular humanism. Perhaps because he’s a philosopher, Kurtz doesn’t merely offer assertions and descriptions. Instead, he seeks to provide arguments that defend humanism’s basic conclusions.

5. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark – Carl Sagan

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Demons, UFO’s, the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, fairies and the like are all investigated in this incredible non-fiction book by the late Carl Sagan. Pseudoscience, and those who perpetuate it, find their place in today’s society among those who want to believe in the impossible. However, science today has not been able to prove that such things exist.

As the book states, “the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.”

This book challenges the reader to critically scrutinize information professed by supposed experts, and be more of a skeptic. By using the scientific method combined with a little bit of logic and common sense, one should find that it is much more difficult to be mentally taken advantage of by pseudoscience “experts.”

For more information about Humanism, check out some of the links below:

The British Humanis Association

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10 Non Fiction Books To Improve Your Reality and Make You Smarter

10 Non Fiction Books To Improve Your Reality and Make You Smarter

The non fiction books here are a mix of different genres, but what they all have in common is that they are thought provoking, reality changing, motivating, and inspiring. These non fiction books are in this list because they are filled with knowledge that everyone should know.

Here are: 10 Non Fiction Books To Improve Your Reality and Make You Smarter

1. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man John Perkins

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It is often the personal stories that tell the bigger truths. As with Barbara Ehrenreich‘s intensely personal Nickel and Dimed, Perkins’ story illuminates a larger picture in a way that more scholarly treatises cannot match. I value the perspective I get from Noam Chomsky and Chalmers Johnson and many others who have written about our modern empire. None of these works, though, explains it from the ground up. Perkins does that.

2. Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth about Our Money System and How We Can Break Free Ellen Hodgson Brown

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This book is just fantastic. It’s worth reading for the history of the monetary system alone. Money itself is the sublime exemplar of this fact. This odd measure of value. It is so ubiquitous in our culture, so fundamental to how we all live, yet we rarely sit and contemplate what it really “is.” Where it comes from, what it does, and who (in the final analysis) really controls it. Most of us spend most of our waking hours chasing it, without really understanding what it really is we are doing.

Ellen Brown has given us all an opportunity to change that

3. The God Delusion Richard Dawkins

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The antireligion wars started by Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris will heat up even more with this salvo from celebrated Oxford biologist Dawkins. For a scientist who criticizes religion for its intolerance, Dawkins has written a surprisingly intolerant book, full of scorn for religion and those who believe.

4. Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both – Laura Sessions Stepp

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From the front lines of today’s sexual battlefield comes an eye-opening examination of the hookup culture, seen through the personal experiences of the teenage girls and young women who live it-and who are left unprepared for its consequences. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents a disturbing and enlightening indictment of the hookup culture, the social forces that contribute to it, and what can be done to change it.

5. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell 

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This is one of the most fascinating books I have read in some time. The book centers on the concept of how fast we really do make judgments, called “thin slicing”, and how deeper analysis can sometimes provide less information than more. It is all about cognitive speed.

6. The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

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This book is a well-written and humorous account of how the author, Tim Ferris, completely disregarded how we have been told to live. Tim breaks the “conventional” mold of leaving his crappy 9-5 job, playing to his strengths, and being resourceful enough to make an amazing life for himself…on his own terms.

7. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond

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In one compelling volume, the famous biologist Jared Diamond tackles the most important question of global history: Why did Europeans come to dominate the New World? A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history.

8. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media Edward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky

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Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s 1988 analysis of press censorship in America, is an insightful look at the ways public opinion and choices can be molded by dominating interests in a free society. Its value lies in the model Herman and Chomsky develop and test to account for this censorship; while they limit their investigation to a few specific cases — three 1980s Central American elections, the alleged 1981 KGB-Bulgarian plot to kill the Pope, and the Indochina Wars — their model is testable and can be applied and modified to a variety of events.

9. On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present – Alan Ryan

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The book presents the thoughts and arguments of the best Western thinkers of the past 2,500 years. The author first sets each thinker in their historical context, then goes into their major thoughts and conclusions. This is a superb book, engaging and beautifully written. A delight.

10. The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth M. Scott Peck 

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The book opens with the words “Life is difficult.” Once you accept that, it becomes a lot easier!
Peck’s insights into spirituality (not to be confused with religion) had a far more profound, immediate and direct effect on my adult spirituality than did my strict religious upbringing and my entire education at private religious schools (without disparaging the lessons of my childhood rearing).

Philosophy Books: 10 Best Philosophy Books Of All Time

Philosophy Books: 10 Best Philosophy Books Of All Time

10 Best Philosophy Books Of All Time

To gain a good understanding of western philosophy, you have to cover the basic teachings of some of the most influential philosophers. These thinkers affected the course of history with their work, and the legacy of many of their studies are relevant now more than ever.Below we have compiled a list of 10 books everyone must read to gain a better understanding of western philosophy.

So here are, the 10 best philosophy books of all time.

1. The Republic – Plato
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Plato’s Republic is unparalleled in its coverage of all areas of life. While Plato addresses metaphysical issues, he does so with language and analogies that most people can grasp with studious reading. But Plato talks about much more than metaphysics. Marriage, music, war, kings, procreation and more are all topics of discussion for Plato’s dialog.

2. Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle

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In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle’s guiding question is: what is the best thing for a human being? His answer is happiness, but he means, not something we feel, but rather a specially good kind of life. Happiness is made up of activities in which we use the best human capacities, both ones that contribute to our flourishing as members of a community, and ones that allow us to engage in god-like contemplation.

3. A History of Western Philosophy – Bertrand Russell

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Since its first publication in 1945 Lord Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject—unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace and wit.

4. Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche’s position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche demonstrates that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a ‘slave morality’.

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

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In his autobiographical first novel, Pirsig wrestles both with the ghost of his past and with the most important philosophical questions of the 20th century–why has technology alienated us from our world? what are the limits of rational analysis? if we can’t define the good, how can we live it?

6. Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy – René Descartes

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The book is made up of six meditations, in which Descartes first discards all belief in things which are not absolutely certain, and then tries to establish what can be known for sure. The meditations were written as if he were meditating for 6 days: each meditation refers to the last one as “yesterday”.

7. The World as Will and Representation – Arthur Schopenhauer

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If you are clever enough to shave away the nagging scientific details which have expired with time (as they all do), as well as the great philosopher’s personal opinions, you will find this to be one of the greatest works ever written. For me, it was the end of philosophy; good answers to the questions I have always wrestled. An important thing to remember about Schopenhauer is that, as far as I know, he is the last great system-builder, the last philosopher in the traditional sense, who set out to create an entire picture of the world. His concept of the will, when fully grasped, is powerful and very simple.

8. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

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Written by an intellectual Roman emperor, the Meditations offer a wide range of spiritual reflections developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and the universe. Marcus Aurelius covers topics as diverse as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods, and his own emotions, spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation. A great work to learn more about Stoic philosophy.

9. Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching – Laozi

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Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching llods at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action.

10. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia.