Reading books on philosophy is a great way to build your mindset. In philosophical books authors ask questions and delve deep into thought. Books on philosophy can change a reader’s perspective on things and make them think differently. Here is a list of 7 books on philosophy that can make you think differently.

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently
7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently (Book 1)

Sophie’s World is a philosophical novel by Jostein Gaarder. The novel follows fourteen-year-old Sophie Amundsen. One day when she comes home from school, she finds two notes in her mailbox, with one question on each: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” Sophie becomes obsessed with the two questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she starts a correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl, Hilde.  Sophie uses the philosophy she is learning to discover the truth, but the truth is far more complicated than she could have imagined.

The Myth Of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently
7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently (Book 2)

The Myth of Sisyphus is an essay by Albert Camus. This is an impassioned argument for the value of life in a world without religious meaning.  In the essay Camus argues that if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. Albert Camus excellently posits way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity. The Myth Of Sisyphus is based on the myth of a man forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of death constantly overshadows us. 

Beyond Good And Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently
7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently (Book 3)

Beyond Good and Evil is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The book rejects the tradition of Western thought with its beliefs of truth and God, good and evil. In the book Nietzsche shows that the Christian world is steeped in a false devotion and infected with a ‘slave morality’. Nietzsche with his wit and zest turned this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual impose on their own will to power upon the world.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently
7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently (Book 4)

Tao Te Ching was written more than two thousand years ago. It date back to around 300BC. Tao Te Ching or is the first great classic of the Chinese school of philosophy called Taoism. The book sums up a complete view of the cosmos and how human beings should respond to it. It gives a profound mystical insight into the nature of things and forms the basis for a humane morality and vision of political utopia. Lao Tzu’s words can be useful to master the arts of leadership in business and politics as they develop a sense of balance and harmony in everyday life. The ideas in this book act as one of the main shaping forces behind Chinese spirituality, art and science.

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintaining: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently
7 Books On Philosophy That Can Make You Think Differently (Book 5)

Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a fictionalized autobiography. The book examines how we live, and meditates on how to live better. The book is set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son. It explores the question of how to pursue technology so that human life is improved rather than degraded. The book is narrated in the first person, it gives trip details and tells the dramatic events from the Narrator’s past. The book includes numerous analogies about the overall theme of coming to terms with the mysteries of why we exist and how best to live.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

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Siddhartha is a great classic novel byHerman Hesse. It is the story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. On his journey, Siddhartha meets wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. While traveling among these people and experiencing life’s vital passages such as love, work, friendship, and fatherhood. Siddhartha learns that true knowledge is guided from within. Hesse combines different philosophies of Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, and Western individualism into a distinctive vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for meaning.

The Laws Of Human Nature by Robert Greene

The Law of Human Nature is the book from the New York Times bestselling author Robert Greene. The book explores people’s conscious and unconscious drives, motivations, and cognitive biases. Robert draws from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr, and many others. Uses those ideas to teach readers how to detach themselves from their emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people’s masks, and how to resist conformity to develop their singular sense of purpose.

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