Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

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

1. Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

The Instant Cult Classic from the Creator of The Book of Self Mastery A bold and fascinating dive into the nuts and bolts of psychological evolution, Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture is part philosophical manifesto, part practical self-development guide, all based on the teachings of legendary thinkers like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Abraham Maslow. The ideas and techniques it offers are all integrated into a vital theory for helping individuals scale the heights of self-mastery and lead great lives. This visionary guide argues that the mind can be compared to software, made up of many interwoven algorithms which were originally programmed by natural selection. Though most never learn to alter their default programming, it is possible to rewire cognitive biases, change ingrained habits, and transform emotional reactions. The process of psychitecture enables you to unplug from your own mind, identify its underlying patterns, and become the architect of your own enlightenment. Simultaneously ancient and futuristic, Designing the Mind defies categorization, masterfully linking mindfulness to transhumanism, evolutionary psychology to Stoicism, and neuroscience to Buddhism. It frames the ideas of ancient sages as open-source code for the mind, putting forth a new, rational vision of spiritual enlightenment centered around gradual self-optimization.

  • Author: Ryan A. Bush
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Movements, Rationalism


2. God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris's recent bestseller, The End of Faith , Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos. With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

  • Author: Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher: Twelve (April 6, 2009)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-0446697965
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.88 x 5.2 inches


3. American Schism: How the Two Enlightenments Hold the Secret to Healing our Nation

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

“Those seeking to heal our divided nation should read American Schism. In an age of unreason, Seth David Radwell deftly conveys the history of our core values and shows us a reasoned way forward.” ―Ana Navarro, CNN contributor “American Schism is a vigorously written, deeply informed intellectual tour de force and a bracing call to nonviolent arms!" ―David J. Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross An enlightened exploration of history to unite a deeply divided America Two disparate Americas have always coexisted. In this thoroughly researched, engaging and ultimately hopeful story of our nation’s divergent roots, Seth David Radwell clearly links the fascinating history of the two American Enlightenments to our raging political division. He also demonstrates that reasoned analysis and historical perspective are the only antidote to irrational political discourse. “Did my vision of America ever exist at all, or was it but a myth?” Searching for a fresh and distinctive perspective on the recent corrosion of our civic life, Radwell’s very personal and yet broadly shared question propelled his search back to our nation’s founding for a fresh and distinctive perspective on the recent corrosion of our civic life - and led to a surprising discovery. Today’s battles reflect the fundamentally divergent visions of our country that emerged at our nation’s founding and have been vying for prominence ever since. The founding principles that shaped the United States may be rooted in the Enlightenment era. But the origin of our dual Americas is a product of two distinct Enlightenments - Radical and Moderate. American Schism begins with a quick reintroduction to the pre-Enlightenment Middle Ages and then takes readers on an in-depth journey through the revolutionary Enlightenment period including the eventual schism that began in Europe but then found its way to American shores. Radwell shows the impact of this schism on American history from the early expansion of the U.S. through Jim Crow and The Age of Trumpism. In an optimistic and rigorous final section, Radwell lays out an analysis of our current governmental structure and a plan to move forward, demonstrating that it is only by embracing Enlightenment principles that we can build a civilized, progressive, and tolerant society - where Americans can firmly ground their different views in rationality.

  • Author: Seth Radwell
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (June 29, 2021)
  • Genre: History, Americas
  • ISBN: 978-1626348615
  • Dimensions: 6.38 x 1.97 x 9.13 inches


4. Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world’s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn’t. Richard Dawkins was 15 when he stopped believing in God. Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, he’d felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the world’s best and best-selling science communicators, Dawkins has given listeners, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions. In 12 fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, Dawkins explains how the natural world arose without a designer - the improbability and beauty of the "bottom-up programming" that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings - and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world’s religions: Do you believe in God? Which one? Is the Bible a "Good Book"? Is adhering to a religion necessary, or even likely, to make people good to one another? Dissecting everything from Abraham’s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, Outgrowing God is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself. Includes a bonus PDF of photographs and charts. Advance praise for Outgrowing God "My son came home from his first day in the sixth grade with arms outstretched plaintively demanding to know: 'Have you ever heard of Jesus?' We burst out laughing. Maybe not our finest parenting moment, given that he was genuinely distraught. He felt that he had woken up one day to a world in which his peers were expressing beliefs he found frighteningly unreasonable. He began devouring books like  The God Delusion , books that helped him formulate his own arguments and helped him stand his ground .  Dawkins’s new book is special in the terrain of atheists’ pleas for humanism and rationalism precisely since it speaks to those most vulnerable to the coercive tactics of religion. As Dawkins himself says in the dedication, this book is for ‘all young people when they’re old enough to decide for themselves.’ It is also, I must add, for their parents." (Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues ) "When someone is considering atheism I tell them to read the Bible first and then Dawkins. Outgrowing God - second only to the Bible!" (Penn Jillette, author of God, No! ) PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

  • Author: Richard Dawkins
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Movements, Rationalism


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

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist 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


6. The Manual: A Philosopher's Guide to Life (Stoic Philosophy Book 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

Life's Missing Instruction Manual Epictetus (c. 50-135 CE) was brought as a slave to Rome, where he became a great teacher, deeply influencing the future emperor Marcus Aurelius among many others. His philosophy, Stoicism, was practical, not theoretical--aimed at relieving human suffering here and now. And Epictetus knew suffering. Besides being a former slave, he was lame in one leg and walked with a crutch. After a decade of teaching in Rome, he was banished by Emperor Domitian; undaunted, he established a school in Greece. The Manual is a collection of Epictetus' essential teachings and pithy sayings, compiled by his closet student. It is the most accessible and actionable guide to Stoic philosophy, as relevant today as it was in the Roman Empire. This new edition is rendered in contemporary English, with a foreword, by Sam Torode. A companion volume, The Meditations: An Emperor's Guide to Mastery by Marcus Aurelius, is also available from Ancient Renewal.

  • Author: Epictetus
  • Publisher: Ancient Renewal (April 23, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences


7. Practical Stoicism: Exercises for Doing the Right Thing Right Now

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

For anyone who has found a philosophical home in Stoicism, but still struggles to integrate the ancient lessons into their day-to-day life, this might be the book for you. Practical Stoicism is a collection of short readings written to help bridge the gap between the essential teachings of the great Stoic philosophers and the things we must do, in the here and now, to achieve the fulfillment they promised. Pick a starting point anywhere within its pages whenever you need a quick reminder of how to move your philosophy out of your head and into your life. Version 2.3.2

  • Author: Grey Freeman
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences


8. The End of Faith

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

Here is an impassioned plea for reason in a world divided by faith. This important and timely work delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes. He asserts that in the shadow of weapons of mass destruction, the world can no longer tolerate views that pit one true god against another. Most controversially, he argues that the we cannot afford moderate lip service to religion - an accommodation that only blinds us to the real perils of fundamentalism. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris also draws on new evidence from neuroscience and insights from philosophy to explore spirituality as a biological, brain-based need. He calls on us to invoke that need in taking a secular humanistic approach to solving the problems of this world.

  • Author: Sam Harris
  • Genre: History, World, Religious, Religion, Politics & State


9. Candide

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

Candide is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply "optimism") by his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best" in the "best of all possible worlds".Candide is characterised by its sarcastic tone as well as by its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a story similar to that of a more serious bildungsroman, it parodies many adventure and romance clichés, the struggles of which are caricatured in a tone that is mordantly matter-of-fact. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years' War and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire's day contended with the problem of evil, so too does Candide in this short novel, albeit more directly and humorously. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism.As expected by Voltaire, Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognized as Voltaire's magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon; it is arguably taught more than any other work of French literature. Martin Seymour-Smith has listed Candide as one of The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.

  • Author: Voltaire
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 978-1503253797
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.19 x 9 inches


10. Face Masks In One Lesson

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Rationalist Philosophy - August 2021

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  • Author: Allan Stevo
  • Publisher: Crafting 52 (November 14, 2020)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
  • ISBN: 978-1953847003
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.98 x 8.5 inches