Reading a steady amount of philosophy is sure to make you a better thinker. Other than that, your own reasoning would become very sound. You would derive your reasoning out of the many alternate points of view that you come across. It will improve your critical thinking and allow you to understand the restrictions you have as a person. It will enable you to better realize your goals. Here are five excellent books on philosophy that would be fantastic in augmenting your thinking:
1. A History of Western Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
Since its first publication in 1945, this book has held respect both as literature and a sound philosophical book. This is a comprehensive book on western history and is quite revealing. You will learn things that you usually do not in other books.
2. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
This novel is based on a 14-year old girl as she goes through a mystery of complicated and insightful questions. There are over twenty million copies of this sold in print. For Western philosophy, this is profoundly revealing and captivating. It helps you explore some of the biggest dilemmas and questions in western history.
3. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
Stoicism is gradually gaining the popularity it once had. If you read this book that defines what stoicism is and how it functions, you will understand why. A Roman emperor wrote this book based on his experiences as an administrator and a warrior. He highlights timeless philosophies, which you can apply to your everyday life.
4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
Undoubtedly, the book's title is very misleading, as it makes you believe you will be learning about motorcycles. But in reality, it is a commentary asking big questions on the way we live our lives. The story follows a father and a son who are on a cross country motorcycle trip.
5. Man's Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
Frankl outlines his theory of 'logotherapy' in this book. He highlights how inevitable it is to experience suffering in this life. He further elaborates how it is in our power to give that suffering meaning and how we can choose to use it for the good or bad of ourselves.
Philosophy is a sea of knowledge and wisdom that is so vast that anyone cannot fully explore. People who love philosophy do so because of the challenges it presents to the mind. Tell us about your favorite things about philosophy in the comments below!
Posted in Life Tips by Leah Weinstock