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Beyond Good and Evil
Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Friedrich Nietzsche - 2003-02-27 (first published in 1886)
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This European philosophy classic by a renowned philosopher challenges Western thought's notions of truth, God, good, and evil. It critiques false piety and 'slave morality', in favor of a philosophy that celebrates the present, and emphasizes the individual's 'will to power'. With an introduction by Michael Tanner and a translator's commentary, this edition of Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche is a must-read for lovers of philosophy.
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The Republic
Plato - 2003-02-25 NaN
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This timeless dialogue features Socrates engaging in conversations with three different people about a perfect community and ideal individual. Explore notions of goodness, reality, and knowledge, while pondering the role of education and guardianship. With deft use of allegory, the author presents a portrait of a harmonious state ruled by philosopher kings.
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Marcus Aurelius - 2006-04-27 (first published in 180)
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Explore the wisdom of a great Stoic philosopher with this pocket-sized classic. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, this beautifully-crafted edition features personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius on how to live virtuously in an unpredictable world. Translated by A. S. L. Farquharson and with an introduction by John Sellars, this book showcases the clarity of writing and uprightness that made Aurelius one of Stoicism's finest advocates. Discover his aphorisms on keeping a calm and rational mind even in the face of life's vicissitudes.
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1959)
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Discover how to find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose by exploring the riveting memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps. In this influential book, based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it and find meaning in it through his theory of logotherapy. This book is a must-read for anyone searching for significance in the act of living.
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Letters from a Stoic
Lucius Annaeus Seneca - 2004-08-26 (first published in 65)
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Experience the spiritual and philosophical wisdom of the Stoic philosophy through the letters of a true master. Written by a conflicted minister in Nero's court, these letters provide insight into upstanding Stoic ideals and a good way of life. Spiritual and progressive for their time, these letters offer criticism of harsh treatment of slaves and the barbaric shows in the arena. Enjoy the pointed and philosophical style of the Latin Silver Age in these essays disguised as letters to Lucilium.
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Tao Te Ching
Lao Tzu - 1989-08-28 NaN
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A timeless classic of spiritual literature, this Taoist text speaks to the qualities of an enlightened leader and a balanced, harmonious life. Written over two thousand years ago, it offers insights helpful not only for personal growth but also in leadership, business, and politics today. A remarkable English translation by a leading scholar, this compact and portable edition is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series, featuring short, accessible teachings from renowned figures that distill wisdom from over 50 years of Shambhala Publications.
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Critique of Pure Reason
Immanuel Kant - 1999-02-28 (first published in 1781)
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This philosophical masterpiece delves into the nature of human reason, its knowledge, and its illusions. Kant challenges the old ways of metaphysics and presents a revolutionary approach to understanding the world around us. His transcendental idealism merges the schools of rationalism and empiricism, offering a new way of thinking beyond both. A profound and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in modern philosophy.
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Mark Manson
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Sophie's World
A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics)
Jostein Gaarder - 1995-01-01 (first published in 1991)
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Explore the fascinating journey of Sophie, a curious fourteen-year-old girl who becomes fascinated with deep philosophical questions. From "Who are you?" to "Where does the world come from?", Sophie's obsession takes her on a journey beyond her Norwegian village. Along the way, she enrolls in a mysterious correspondence course on philosophy, covering the likes of Socrates and Sartre. But when letters addressed to someone else start appearing, Sophie must use her newfound knowledge to unravel a complex riddle. Discover the thought-provoking twists and turns in this compelling read.
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The Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle - 2004-01-29 NaN
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Discover a timeless exploration of the nature of happiness in this classic work of philosophy. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics delves into what it means to live a good life and find true happiness, not as a feeling, but as a way of living that utilizes our greatest human capacities. With discussions on morality, responsibility, practical reasoning, and friendship, this work has inspired ethical writings for centuries. This new edition includes a valuable introduction and helpful notes to guide readers through Aristotle's thought-provoking arguments.
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Mark Manson
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A History of Western Philosophy
Bertrand Russell - 1986-01-30 (first published in 1945)
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Explore the fascinating history of Western philosophy with this acclaimed one-volume work. Spanning from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the 20th century, this comprehensive and erudite text covers the most influential philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Kant, and Nietzsche. Written with wit and clarity, it is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy.
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The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Fragments by Heraclitus
Five Dialogues by Plato
Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Analects by Confucius
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
The Symposium by Plato
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Confessions by Saint Augustine
The Essential Epicurus by Epicurus
A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume
The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Montaigne by Michel de Montaigne
Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus
The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
What Does It All Mean? by Thomas Nagel
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
Justice by Michael J. Sandel
The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
Discourses, Fragments, Handbook by Epictetus
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Reasons and Persons by Derek Parfit
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Ethics by Benedictus de Spinoza
Metaphysics by Aristotle
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato
Being and Time by Martin Heidegger
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
Three Philosophical Dialogues by Anselm
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
A New History of Western Philosophy by Anthony Kenny
Think by Simon Blackburn
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Art of Living by Epictetus
The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 1 by Arthur Schopenhauer
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Discipline & Punish by Michel Foucault
The Book by Alan Watts
The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth
How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Nature and Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rome's Last Citizen by Rob Goodman
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
Varieties of Meaning by Ruth Garrett Millikan
The Architecture of the Mind by Peter Carruthers
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
Simulacra and Simulation The Body, In Theory by Jean Baudrillard
Phenomenology of Spirit by G. W. F. Hegel
Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
Supersizing the Mind by Andy Clark
Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
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A Materialist Theory of the Mind by D. M. Armstrong