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Marcus Aurelius - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzu - Apr 28, 2020 (first published in 600)
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A lucid translation of the well-known Taoist classic by a leading scholar-now in a Shambhala Pocket Library edition. Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Teh Ching, or -The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. Traditionally attributed to the legendary -Old Master, - Lao ...
Five Dialogues
Plato - Sep 30, 2002 (first published in 385)
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The second edition of Five Dialogues presents G. M. A. Grube's distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works (Hacket, 1997). Cooper has also contributed a number of new or expanded footnotes and updated Suggestions for Further Reading....
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - Jun 01, 2006 (first published in 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Letters from a Stoic
Lucius Annaeus Seneca - Jul 30, 1969 (first published in 1964)
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The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. - A.D. 65) acquired as Nero's minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca's...
What's the Right Thing to Do?
Michael J. Sandel - Aug 17, 2010 (first published in 2005)
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"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn...
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At the Existentialist Café
Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others
Sarah Bakewell - Aug 08, 2017
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Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Pointing to his drink, he says, 'You can make philosophy out of this cocktail!'From this mome...
The Essential Epicurus
Letters, Principal Doctrines, Vatican Sayings, and Fragments
Epicurus - May 01, 1993
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Epicureanism is commonly regarded as the refined satisfaction of physical desires. As a philosophy, however, it also denoted the striving after an independent state of mind and body, imperturbability, and reliance on sensory data as the true basis of knowledge.Epicurus (ca. 341-271 B.C.) founded one of the most famous and influential philosophical ...
On the Shortness of Life
Seneca - Mar 30, 2018 (first published in 2049)
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The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each oth...
The Obstacle Is the Way
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Ryan Holiday - May 01, 2014
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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus AureliusWe are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obst...
Heraclitus - Oct 28, 2003 (first published in 500)
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Fragments of wisdom from the ancient worldIn the sixth century b.c.-twenty-five hundred years before Einstein-Heraclitus of Ephesus declared that energy is the essence of matter, that everything becomes energy in flux, in relativity. His great book, On Nature, the world's first coherent philosophical treatise and touchstone for Plato, Aristotle, an...
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The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
Nature and Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
The Dhammapada by Gil Fronsdal
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C. G. Jung
Nietzsche by Bernard Williams
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1 by Arthur Schopenhauer
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus
Maps of Meaning by Jordan B. Peterson
The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba
Mortal Questions by Thomas Nagel
The Trouble with Being Born by E. M. Cioran
Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams
The Basic Works of Aristotle by Aristotle
Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi
Living the Martial Way by Forrest E. Morgan
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
How to Stay Sane by Perry
Thinking by John Brockman
On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz
This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
Awareness by Anthony De Mello
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Plato by Plato
I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
Letters on Ethics by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
The Way of Life, According to Laotzu by Witter Bynner
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
The Tao of Power by R.L. Wing
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron
As a Man Thinketh by Sam Torode
The Daodejing of Laozi by Laozi
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
The Book by Alan Watts
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
A Manual for Living by Epictetus
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan
Enchiridion by Epictetus