Today I’m going to give you 5 philosophy books. I know philosophy is not for everyone, but I think everyone should know the basics. Philosophy may not help you to sort your life right away, but it’ll encourage you think.
Great philosophers are still relevant. I think we forget Western Civilisation was built on philosophical principles of centuries ago. In addition, philosophy can help to see society with different eyes, to uncover the reasons behind your actions and to challenge your belief systems.
Here my 5 favourite philosophy books
The Republic ( Penguin Classic) written by Plato in 380 BC. The Republic explains the different forms of governments that could rise on ancient Greece, the meaning of justice and the role of philosophers in the empire.
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the system, any political system.
Key concepts: timocracy the government of those “who love honour”, oligarchy the government of those with status and wealth, democracy the government of the people and tyranny the government of a demagogue.
I don’t need to tell you more, you can see the similarities with today’s societies. This book is going to make you think how little the political world have changed! Philosophy at its height.
Meditations Marcus Aurelius. Meditations is a collections of writings by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius AD 121-180. This is a personal reflection of the stoic philosophy and how to remain calm in challenging situations. The book is about the emperor own personal quest for inner strength.
Marcus Aurelius had to face several rebellions under his rule, yet, he overcame difficulties using the power of stoicism.
The Philosophy Book by Will Buckingham, Peter.J.King, Douglas Burnham, Clive Hill, Marcus Weeks and John Merenbon. This is a compilation of Philosophical thoughts. The Philosophy Book explores key concepts of well-known philosophers of all times. Rene Descartes, John Locke, Socrates and many influential thinkers are on this book.
I love the fact that this compilation manages to take complex concepts and make them readable. This is perfect for the average reader, who like me don’t have the time to delve into complex ideas. The Philosophy Book starts with a timeline that starts from 700 BC to our days.
Here you will discover names like Muhammad Rumi (1207-1273) who said ” don’t grieve anything you lose comes around in another form” or Arthur Schopenhauer ( 1788-1860) who suggested our vision of the world is limited by our own believes.
You’ll find super interesting ideas by world philosophers.
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon 1961. The Wretched of the Earth is about the devastating consequences of colonialism. It’s not a philosophical book in its essence, but the way Fanon explains colonialism is deeply philosophical.
Franz Fanon gives detailed analysis of the horrors of colonialism and the human cost. He was an Afro-Caribbean psychiatric, philosopher and writer. His work remains key in post colonial studies.
If you want to understand the roots of colonialism this book will give you plenty of insights. In addition, how we start the process of decolonisation? Fanon got few answers.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Although is a fiction novel written in 1922 of a man searching for meaning I think is has a lot of philosophical value. Hermann Hesse was a German born Swiss poet, novelist and painter.
The name Siddhartha may confuse you with Buddhism, but this is a fictional story of a man named Siddhartha and his journey to self-enlightenment.
The river is the ultimate spot of a long journey where the man sits to contemplate the wonders of nature. Love the simplicity. Hesse’s work is a reflection of the human condition and the meaning of life.
Do you have a favourite book? let me know in the comments section bellow. I hope you enjoyed the list!