Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. As a man Thinketh: The Original 1902 Edition (The Wisdom Of James Allen)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

All that we achieve and all that we fail to achieve is the direct result of our own thoughts. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. ” ― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh "As a Man Thinketh" is a literary essay by James Allen, first published in 1902. In more than a century it has become an inspirational classic, selling millions of copies worldwide and bringing faith, inspiration, and self healing to all who have encountered it. The title comes from the Bible: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." -- Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7. As himself Allen describes, “It shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. …and it can be carried in the pocket.” Too many mortals strive to improve only their wordly position--and too few seek spiritual betterment. Such is the problem James Allen faced in his own time. The ideas he found in his inner-most heart after great searching guided him as they will guide you. A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!

  • Author: James Allen
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
  • ISBN: 979-8706171780
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.21 x 8 inches

                 

2. Marcus Aurelius - Meditations: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius , Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy . ★ Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. ★ These books have been carefully adapted into Modern English  to allow for easy reading. ✓ ENJOY

  • Author: Marcus Aurelius
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2016)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-1539952299
  • Dimensions: 5.06 x 0.48 x 7.81 inches

                 

3. The Complete Essays


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, singlehandedly responsible for popularising the essay as a literary form. In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience. He discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. Above all, Montaigne studied himself to find his own inner nature and that of humanity. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature. An insight into a wise Renaissance mind, they continue to engage, enlighten and entertain modern readers. Born in 1533, Michel de Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in 1586.

  • Author: Michel de Montaigne
  • Publisher: Pandora's Box Classics (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

4. The Essays: A Selection (Penguin Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

A survey of one of the giants of Renaissance thought, The Essays: A Selection collects some of Michel de Montaigne's most startling and original works, translated from the French and edited with an introduction and notes by M.A. Screech in Penguin Classics. To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write, and in the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. On Some Lines of Virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In On Experience he superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth. M.A. Screech's distinguished translation fully retains the light-hearted and inquiring nature of the essays. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1586) studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. If you enjoyed The Essays: A Selection, you might like Francis Bacon's The Essays, also available in Penguin Classics.

  • Author: Michel de Montaigne
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (May 3, 1994)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0140446029
  • Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.12 x 0.85 inches

                 

5. The Prince


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

"The Prince" is a political treatise by Machiavelli that is not considered to be representative of the work published during his lifetime, but is the most remembered. The theories in this book describe methods that an aspiring prince can use to acquire the throne, or an existing prince can use to maintain his reign. These theories include defense and military, perceived reputation, generosity, cruelty versus mercy, gaining honors, fortune and a number of other discourses.

  • Author: Michael Scott
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Modern Renaissance

                 



6. Pensées (Penguin Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Blaise Pascal, the precociously brilliant contemporary of Descartes, was a gifted mathematician and physicist, but it is his unfinished apologia for the Christian religion upon which his reputation now rests. The Penseés is a collection of philosohical fragments, notes and essays in which Pascal explores the contradictions of human nature in pscyhological, social, metaphysical and - above all - theological terms. Mankind emerges from Pascal's analysis as a wretched and desolate creature within an impersonal universe, but who can be transformed through faith in God's grace.  For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Author: Blaise Pascal
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0140446456
  • Dimensions: 7.82 x 5.08 x 0.87 inches

                 

7. Meditations


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Marcus Aurelius was born into an aristocratic Roman family during the height of the Roman Empire. He was adopted as a son by Emperor Antoninus, and reigned as Emperor from 161-180 AD. His reign was marked by numerous military conflicts on the German frontier and the Eastern border with the Parthian Empire. Despite these conflicts the Empire flourished in relative peace and prosperity under Marcus’ rule. The end of his reign is often consider the end of the golden era of the Roman Empire, in many ways he was the last great Emperor of Rome. Marcus ruled as a philosopher king, he practiced Stoicism and wrote about his own Stoic practice in his journals. Meditations is an excellent source for understanding ancient stoic philosophy, and is often praised along other ancient philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Seneca, and Epictetus. Meditations is considered one of the pillars of western philosophy and literature. It is also a rare primary source into the mind of a man who ruled over one of the greatest empires built by man.

  • Author: Marcus Aurelius
  • Publisher: East India Publishing Company (February 24, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-1774261958
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.36 x 8 inches

                 

8. Michel de Montaigne - The Complete Essays (Penguin Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, singlehandedly responsible for popularising the essay as a literary form. This Penguin Classics edition of The Complete Essays is translated from the French and edited with an introduction and notes by M.A. Screech. In 1572 Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'assays', inspired by the ideas he found in books contained in his library and from his own experience. He discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. But, above all, Montaigne studied himself as a way of drawing out his own inner nature and that of men and women in general. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature and provide an engaging insight into a wise Renaissance mind, continuing to give pleasure and enlightenment to modern readers. With its extensive introduction and notes, M.A. Screech's edition of Montaigne is widely regarded as the most distinguished of recent times. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1586) studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. If you enjoyed The Complete Essays, you might like Francois Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Screech's fine version ... must surely serve as the definitive English Montaigne' A.C. Grayling, Financial Times 'A superb edition' Nicholas Wollaston, Observer

  • Author: Michel de Montaigne
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (September 7, 1993)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0140446043
  • Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.14 x 2.41 inches

                 

9. Montaigne: Essays


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Reflections by the creator of the essay form display the humane, skeptical, humorous, and honest views of Montaigne, revealing his thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes. Included are such celebrated works as "On Solitude," "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die," and "On Experience."

  • Author: Michel de Montaigne
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised ed. edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-0140178975
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches

                 

10. Aquinas (A Beginner's Guide)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Modern Renaissance Philosophy - August 2021

Charting the life and thought of this hugely influential medieval thinker. One of the most influential philosophers and theologians in the history of Western thought, St Thomas Aquinas established the foundations for much of modern philosophy of religion, and is infamous for his arguments for the existence of God. In this cogent and multifaceted introduction to the great Saint's work, Edward Feser argues that you cannot fully understand Aquinas' philosophy without his theology and vice-versa. Covering his thoughts on the soul, natural law, metaphysics, and the interaction of faith and reason, this will prove a indispensable resource for students, experts or the general reader.

  • Author: Edward Feser
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; 44791st edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Genre: History, World
  • ISBN: 978-1851686902
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches