Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, 8. He rejects old beliefs like “self-consciousness,” “inherent knowledge,” and “ingrained morality.” Instead, he chooses to go beyond good and evil by denying a universal human morality. Plato’s Republic is unparalleled in its coverage of all areas of life. All in all, it is a very exciting and enjoyable romp through philosophy. While conceived to appease the new rulers of his city, the political tips and tricks he discusses in the book’s pages are still very much alive and practiced today. Kant was perhaps the first truly professional philosopher. Those who are inclined to deny that morality can exist without a religious foundation should read every word of this book. It is of the greatest importance to provide a basis for morality in what is largely a secular age, and the question of what morality is needs a fresh look. Through the journey, philosophical principles are discussed including the ideas on quality of life, scientific method, technology, and so much more. The first of these can be summed up in the question: “Which book or books should I read first?” What is often lurking behind this question is a concern about “getting it right” when it comes to studying philosophy. I would dearly love to have met him. 5. In it, Machiavelli expounds on the philosophy of pure cunning and ruthlessness coupled with practicality to achieve your goals. Though often exaggerated, and sometimes quite wrong, this is a wonderfully scintillating, stylish and accessible book. – is still extremely relevant today.In fact,it might be a more relevant read today. It’s useful to start by considering common anxieties or preoccupations that many seem to have. The Bounds of Sense by PF StrawsonSub-titled 'An Essay on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason', this is an illuminating analysis of Kant's main line of thought in the Critique, and it goes beyond Kant in its marvellously perceptive discussion of the relation between language and the world as we perceive it. Philosophy books are often difficult to understand because philosophers write for other philosophers, and not ordinary people. Dedicated to the new ruler of Florence, he counsels that a prince, much like a doctor or a lawyer, must follow the ethics of the field he is in if he is to secure his place. Some of the world’s most brilliant thinkers were engaged in the field of philosophy and passionately shared their ideas through books, treatises, and in the case of Socrates and Plato, orations in front of a live audience. Aristotle’s answer, through happiness, might be simple enough. Unlike other literary choices available, philosophy is not just a good read to while away the time, but also a way to nurture both the mind and the soul, encouraging everyone to learn more about themselves and the world around them. When we read philosophy books and study philosophical ideas, we learn more about logic, imagination, ethics, morality, and self-awareness. 10 Books to Help You Start a Business in 2020, Why Do We Do What We Do: 10 Psychology Books that Illuminate the Human Mind, 2. With over 20 million copies in print, Sophie’s Worldmade philosophy palatable to a whole new generation of readers with an engaging story that gets you hooked from start to finish. Like Alisdair McIntyre, and like Aristotle, he invites us to look at the nature of that man-made structure, morality, and to contemplate the need we have for it if the world is not to be even more intolerable than it often is. He was a master of style and clarity, high virtues in philosophical writing. The whole delightful and iconoclastic atmosphere of immediately post-war Oxford philosophy is contained here. Life is full of tough questions. © 2020 Inspirationfeed. At a time of general emancipation women alone were virtual slaves in 1859, when the book was published. This book offers a look at Eastern philosophy through a Western lens and answers the question of whether or not there was such a thing as Western Taoism. 9. While Plato addresses metaphysical issues, he… The philosophy of The Simpsons Irwin. What is reality? All rights reserved. He was more of a biological scientist than a metaphysician; everything he wrote is worth study, especially as part of the history of science. Man must not only always act according to Camus, but especially to be the first judge, ask his responsibility as total and permanent in front of the world. Written around 445-221 BC, it is outstanding how these Confucian sayings have molded and guided not only the Chinese civilization but still upholds its place in today’s modern world as a source of guidance. Because of this, they often sacrifice readability, in favor of precise language and solid logical arguments so their ideas cannot be proven false or misinterpreted. The Object of Morality by GJ WarnockI make no apology for choosing a book by GJ Warnock, though he was my husband. 7. It is a wrong-headed book in many ways but is irresistible to the young. 3. Through this terrible event of his life, he formulates his ideas that while humans can’t avoid suffering in life, they can choose how to deal with it and endure it, allowing them to come out of the trauma with a stronger purpose and a renewed desire for life. With philosophy of course! These are just some of the many interesting and thought-provoking books about philosophy.