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Best Philosophy Books

Best Philosophy Books

Looking for good philosophy books? This is my list of the best philosophy books of all-time. If you only have time to read one or two books, I recommend looking at the Top Philosophy Books section below.

Further down the page, you’ll find more philosophy book recommendations. Many of these books are fantastic as well. I try to carefully curate all of my reading lists and you can be sure that any philosophy book on this page is worth your time. Enjoy!

The Top Philosophy Books

Manual for Living
by Epictetus
Print | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: Some things are in your power and some are not—do not confuse the two and do not desire the things that are not in your power. It is our opinion of things that determines how we feel about a particular event, not the event itself. Think carefully about how you spend your life because people often spend their lives chasing things that are neither as desirable nor as important as they seem.

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Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius
Print | eBook | Audiobook


The Republic
by Plato
Print | eBook | Audiobook


More Philosophy Book Recommendations

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Print | Audiobook


Free Will
by Sam Harris
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Book in Three Sentences: We do not have the freedom and free will that we think we do. Yes, you can make conscious choices, but everything that makes up those conscious choices (your thoughts, your wants, your desires) is determined by prior causes outside your control. Just because you can do what you want does not mean you have free will because you are not choosing what you want in the first place.

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Candide
by Voltaire
Paperback | Audiobook


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