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
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
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
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
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
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.