5 Popular Philosophy Books: Solace for Everyone

Author: Sherry Helms

Take a look at this list of popular Philosophy Books from our collection, which carries titles that, in our view, can bring solace to each of us in some ways. It includes books that touch everyone’s life through different ideas and philosophies — whether personal or popular — of persons from high profile list to common lives.

The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers - Written by Will Durant, one of the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in English language, this book chronicles the ideas of the great thinkers, the economic and intellectual environments which influenced them, and the personal traits and adventures out of which each philosophy grew.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes – Outrageously funny, this book on philosophy has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their shtick on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism to Logic. Offering Philosophy for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joyful read for everyone.

On Bullshit – One of the salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. In this book, Harry Frankfurt, one of the world’s most influential moral philosophers, attempts to elicit the philosophy behind this so called word “bullshit”. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying.

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women – Based on the NPR series of the same name, this book features eighty Americans from celebrity to common people with their personal philosophies. Featuring many renowned contributors including Isabel Allende, Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, William F. Buckley Jr., Penn Jillette, Bill Gates, and John Updike, this collection also contains essays by a Brooklyn lawyer; a part-time hospital clerk in Rehoboth, Massachusetts; a woman who sells yellow pages advertising in Fort Worth, Texas; and a man who serves on Rhode Island’s parole board.

Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs but also the extent to which they share them with others.

The Consolations of Philosophy – From the internationally heralded author (Alain de Botton) of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles.

Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. The ancient Greek Epicurus has the wisest, and most affordable, solution to cash flow problems. A remedy for impotence lies in Montaigne. Seneca offers advice upon losing a job. And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness to illness. The Consolations of Philosophy is a book as accessibly erudite as it is useful and entertaining.

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