Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Epistemology Philosophy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Knowledge and Decisions
This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed . Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom. This is because actual knowledge is being replaced by assumptions based on an abstract and elitist social vision of what ought to be. Knowledge and Decisions, a winner of the 1980 Law and Economics Center Prize, was heralded as a landmark work and selected for this prize “because of its cogent contribution to our understanding of the differences between the market process and the process of government.” In announcing the award, the center acclaimed that the “contribution to our understanding of the process of regulation alone would make the book important, but in reemphasizing the diversity and efficiency that the market makes possible, this work goes deeper and becomes even more significant.” Thomas Sowell is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has been published in both academic journals and such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune and writes a syndicated column for newspapers across the country.
- Author: Thomas Sowell
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership, Decision-Making & Problem Solving
2. The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace
From the bestselling author of The Four Agreements In The Voice of Knowledge , Miguel Ruiz reminds us of a profound and simple truth: The only way to end our emotional suffering and restore our joy in living is to stop believing in lies — mainly about ourselves. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this breakthrough book shows us how to recover our faith in the truth and return to our own common sense. Ruiz changes the way we perceive ourselves, and the way we perceive other people. Then he opens the door to a reality that we once perceived when we were one and two years old — a reality of truth, love, and joy. "We are born in truth, but we grow up believing in lies. . . . One of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection." — don Miguel Ruiz
- Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
- Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing (April 1, 2004)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
- ISBN: 978-1878424549
- Dimensions: 5.06 x 0.74 x 7.25 inches
3. Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future is a book by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, first published in 1886. It draws on and expands the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but with a more critical and polemical approach. In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of lacking critical sense and blindly accepting dogmatic premises in their consideration of morality. Specifically, he accuses them of founding grand metaphysical systems upon the faith that the good man is the opposite of the evil man, rather than just a different expression of the same basic impulses that find more direct expression in the evil man. The work moves into the realm "beyond good and evil" in the sense of leaving behind the traditional morality which Nietzsche subjects to a destructive critique in favour of what he regards as an affirmative approach that fearlessly confronts the perspectival nature of knowledge and the perilous condition of the modern individual.
- Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2018)
- Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
- ISBN: 978-1503250888
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.27 x 9 inches
4. Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Provocative and thrilling ... Loeb asks us to think big and to expect the unexpected.” —Alan Lightman, New York Times bestselling author of Einstein’s Dreams and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine Harvard’s top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star. In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star. Avi Loeb, Harvard’s top astronomer, showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization. In Extraterrestrial , Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system. He outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet. A mind-bending journey through the furthest reaches of science, space-time, and the human imagination, Extraterrestrial challenges readers to aim for the stars—and to think critically about what’s out there, no matter how strange it seems.
- Author: Avi Loeb
- Publisher: Mariner Books (January 26, 2021)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
- ISBN: 978-0358278146
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The instant classic about why some ideas thrive, why others die, and how to make your ideas stick. “Anyone interested in influencing others—to buy, to vote, to learn, to diet, to give to charity or to start a revolution—can learn from this book.”— The Washington Post Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus news stories circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas—entrepreneurs, teachers, politicians, and journalists—struggle to make them “stick.” In Made to Stick , Chip and Dan Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the human scale principle, using the Velcro Theory of Memory, and creating curiosity gaps. Along the way, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds—from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony—draw their power from the same six traits. Made to Stick will transform the way you communicate. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures): the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of the Mother Teresa Effect; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas—and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.
- Author: Chip Heath
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (January 2, 2007)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1400064281
- Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.13 x 8.5 inches
6. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism. Tom Nichols' The Death of Expertise shows how this rejection of experts has occurred: the openness of the internet, the emergence of a customer satisfaction model in higher education, and the transformation of the news industry into a 24 hour entertainment machine, among other reasons. Paradoxically, the increasingly democratic dissemination of information, rather than producing an educated public, has instead created an army of ill informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement. When ordinary citizens believe that no one knows more than anyone else, democratic institutions themselves are in danger of falling either to populism or to technocracy or, in the worst case, a combination of both. An update to the 2017breakout hit, the paperback edition of The Death of Expertise provides a new foreword to cover the alarming exacerbation of these trends in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election. Judging from events on the ground since it first published, The Death of Expertise issues a warning about the stability and survival of modern democracy in the Information Age that is even more important today.
- Author: Tom Nichols
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2018)
- Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
- ISBN: 978-0190865979
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 3 inches
7. The Virtue of Selfishness: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
A collection of essays that sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's controversial, groundbreaking philosophy. Since their initial publication, Rand's fictional works— Anthem , The Fountainhead , and Atlas Shrugged— have had a major impact on the intellectual scene. The underlying theme of her famous novels is her philosophy, a new morality—the ethics of rational self-interest—that offers a robust challenge to altruist-collectivist thought. Known as Objectivism , her divisive philosophy holds human life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man's nature. In this series of essays, Rand asks why man needs morality in the first place, and arrives at an answer that redefines a new code of ethics based on the virtue of selfishness. More Than 1 Million Copies Sold!
- Author: Ayn Rand
- Publisher: Signet; Mass Paperback Edition (November 1, 1964)
- Genre: Literature & Fiction, United States
- ISBN: 978-0451163936
- Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.46 x 6.88 inches
8. Kefi: 25 Things I do Everyday to keep Myself Happy (LIFE TRANSFORMATION AND LIFESKILLS Book 4)
The author of this book has suffered from all the BIG 5 losses— Loss of Money Loss of Health Loss of Employment/Job Loss of Relationships Loss of a loved one. However, instead of complaining and crying, the author took it upon himself to convert every loss into a life lesson and every failure into an experience. After years of intense mind-numbing suffering and hardships, and without any guide to show him the right path, and through trial and error and reading hundreds of books, the author developed his own formulae for being continuously happy. The author is sharing those formulae in this book. Even though happiness cannot be reduced to a straight jacket formula, the author is convinced that whoever practices the 25 activities given in this book will achieve vast happiness and joy in day to day living. If the answer to any of the questions below is a YES, then this book is for YOU. Do you feel that it is exceedingly difficult to be happy? Have you pursued happiness but failed? Do you have a continuous feeling of sadness, misery, and stress all throughout the day? Do you feel that life is a burden? Do you feel that there are only problems and suffering in life? Do you live life like a firefighter—Extinguishing one fire after another in your life? Do you feel like running away from all your problems t hat never seem to end and refuse to go away? Do you feel cornered by your problems and challenges? This book will help you to learn: To change your perception of problems To face your challenges with the right attitude To count your blessings To develop a healthy philosophy towards life and all that it has to offer. To feel happy, content, and calm under all situations and circumstances.
- Author: Vishal Gupta
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
9. The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
Los Angeles Times Bestseller IndieBound Bestseller One of USA Today ’s “5 Books Not to Miss” One of Forbes ’ “Best Summer Reads" One of the LA Times ’ “21 New and Classic Books to Keep You in Touch with the Natural World” Part H Is for Hawk , part The Soul of an Octopus , The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world’s most elusive fish—the eel—and a reflection on the human condition Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla . So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don’t understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. They remain a mystery. Drawing on a breadth of research about eels in literature, history, and modern marine biology, as well as his own experience fishing for eels with his father, Patrik Svensson crafts a mesmerizing portrait of an unusual, utterly misunderstood, and completely captivating animal. In The Book of Eels, we meet renowned historical thinkers, from Aristotle to Sigmund Freud to Rachel Carson, for whom the eel was a singular obsession. And we meet the scientists who spearheaded the search for the eel’s point of origin, including Danish marine biologist Johannes Schmidt, who led research efforts in the early twentieth century, catching thousands upon thousands of eels, in the hopes of proving their birthing grounds in the Sargasso Sea. Blending memoir and nature writing at its best, Svensson’s journey to understand the eel becomes an exploration of the human condition that delves into overarching issues about our roots and destiny, both as humans and as animals, and, ultimately, how to handle the biggest question of all: death. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.
- Author: Patrik Svensson
- Publisher: Ecco (April 13, 2021)
- Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
- ISBN: 978-0062968821
- Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.58 x 8 inches
10. How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life
In the tradition of How to Live and How Proust Can Change Your Life , a philosopher asks how ancient Stoicism can help us flourish today Whenever we worry about what to eat, how to love, or simply how to be happy, we are worrying about how to lead a good life. No goal is more elusive. In How to Be a Stoic , philosopher Massimo Pigliucci offers Stoicism, the ancient philosophy that inspired the great emperor Marcus Aurelius, as the best way to attain it. Stoicism is a pragmatic philosophy that focuses our attention on what is possible and gives us perspective on what is unimportant. By understanding Stoicism, we can learn to answer crucial questions: Should we get married or divorced? How should we handle our money in a world nearly destroyed by a financial crisis? How can we survive great personal tragedy? Whoever we are, Stoicism has something for us--and How to Be a Stoic is the essential guide.
- Author: Massimo Pigliucci
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (May 8, 2018)
- Genre: Self-Help, Death & Grief
- ISBN: 978-1541644533
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches