Philosophy has seen a big comeback in recent years, and for good reason. While philosophy can be intimidating because of all the big words and the sometimes complicated arguments, philosophy is something that can help you in your daily life.
You don’t have to take philosophy courses or have an understanding of the history of philosophy to gain tons of useful knowledge. Here are three philosophy books that I find myself flipping through regularly. Each time I pick up helpful perspectives and valuable new perspectives on the world.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is one of the most widely read self-help books in Western history. The book focuses on practical methods of approaching obstacles and cultivating a mind that is at peace with itself. The lessons contained within have also made their way into modern day therapy techniques and shows that there was a surprising amount of psychological insight in ancient writings.
Enchiridion of Epictetus
Over 2000 years ago, a stoic philosopher named Epictetus wrote the Enchiridion to help people live better lives. In the intervening centuries, millions of people have found great value in this little book. They have read it, stuck it on their walls, and recommended it to friends. It is quoted by everyone including pop culture icons like Bruce Lee. If you’re serious about self-improvement or living a better life, this blog will provide a lot of insights from reading this book.
Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching is an ancient Chinese text that has long ago passed into Internet meme territory, but is also a profound spiritual classic worth studying. Throughout history, many people have embraced this text as a guiding principle to live by. If you are trying to figure out your place in the world, or just want some direction, it is a great read.