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The Book of Disquiet
Fernando Pessoa - Dec 31, 2002 (first published in 1982)
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Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology. and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterp...
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This Is Water
Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
David Foster Wallace - Apr 14, 2009
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Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foregroun...
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Peter Attia
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The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
Anthony de Mello - May 01, 1992 (first published in 1990)
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The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenge...
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Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Steven Pinker - Jan 15, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enligh...
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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...
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Hope for the Flowers
Trina Paulus - May 01, 1973 (first published in 1972)
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This classic story is celebrating its 45th anniversary beginning in September of 2017. "Hope for the Flowers" is an inspiring allegory about the realization of one's true destiny as told through the lives of caterpillars Stripe and Yellow, who struggle to "climb to the top" before understanding that they are meant to fly....
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Life 3.0
Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Max Tegmark - Jul 31, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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In this authoritative and eye-opening book, Max Tegmark describes and illuminates the recent, path-breaking advances in Artificial Intelligence and how it is poised to overtake human intelligence. How will AI affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more th...
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The Law
Frédéric Bastiat - Feb 04, 2020 (first published in 1849)
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How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail? These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is ...
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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Sri Swami Satchidananda - Sep 14, 2012 (first published in 1950)
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This valuable book provides a complete manual for the study and practice of Raja Yoga, the path of concentration and meditation. This new edition of these timeless teachings is a treasure to be read and referred to again and again by seekers treading the spiritual path. The classic Sutras (thought-threads), at least four thousand years old, cover t...
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Jack Dorsey
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The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - Feb 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
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The Beginning of Infinity
Explanations That Transform the World
David Deutsch - Dec 31, 2011
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The New York Times bestseller: A provocative, imaginative exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge"Dazzling." - Steven Pinker, The GuardianIn this groundbreaking book, award-winning physicist David Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe--and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all s...
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Plato by Plato
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
Understanding Power by Noam Chomsky
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
The Republic by Plato
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
Five Dialogues by Plato
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
The Symposium by Plato
Fragments by Heraclitus
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
Confessions by Saint Augustine
The Essential Epicurus by Epicurus
The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
The Analects by Confucius
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
Justice by Michael J. Sandel
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Stranger by Albert Camus
A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume
Think by Simon Blackburn
What Does It All Mean? by Thomas Nagel
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
The Book by Alan Watts
The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1 by Arthur Schopenhauer
Art of Living by Epictetus
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus
On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
Nature and Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rome's Last Citizen by Rob Goodman
Metaphysics by Aristotle
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ethics by Benedictus de Spinoza
The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
Three Philosophical Dialogues by Anselm
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Mahabharata by Anonymous
Either/Or by Soren Kierkegaard