A reading list for Sanchi

Now, I didn’t forget my friend’s Sanchi’s birthday. I just got the date wrong. This isn’t my way of saying happy birthday, I did call her and wish her. However, it’s a start to a proper apology.

Recently she asked me for a reading list on philosophy, so I thought I might as well share a list of books and collection of essays about philosophy or ideas that can gives you an opportunity to think philosophically. Hopefully, people will be willing to add to it:

  • Meno – Plato
  • The End of Power – Moisés Naím
  • The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically – Peter Singer
  • On Liberty – JS Mills
  • We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Anger and Forgiveness – Martha Nussbaum
  • Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem – Hannah Ardent
  • Candide – Voltaire
  • The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus
  • The Ethics of Ambiguity – Simone de Beauvoir
  • Adele – Leila Slimani
  • Democracy Kill- Humphrey Hawksley
  • Causing Death and Saving Lives – Johnthan Glover

Now, I’m not saying that this your complete list, but its a starting point. Take Adele, which is about women who constantly cheats on her partner. While it is not strictly about philosophy, I don’t think we spend much time rooting for a cheater and how my eyes were opened by looking at this view point and exploring how someone thinks. I’m not a continental philosopher, but I do find value in understanding various points of view more in depth. It allows me to challenge my own views better, which is a key tool in refining one’s thought. Plus, it’s a very good book nevertheless.

What do you think?

One thought on “A reading list for Sanchi

  1. “The Philosophy Book” by DK is a nice, condensed and well-presented collection of a range of philosophical ideas across the ages, a nice introduction to many philosophical themes from various cultures and thinkers.

    I’ve also quite enjoyed “On the Shortness of Life” by Seneca the Younger, and “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. Both seminal works of Stoicism.

    Been trying to get through “What are you doing with your life” by Jiddu Krishnamurti — my first taste of his work.

    Another brilliant but quite complex work is the Upanishads (Wordsworth Edition).


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