From the ancient Greeks to the 21st century, philosophers have endeavoured to understand the meaning of existence, knowledge, and values. Some of the most ancient texts are still widely read today, from Plato to Sun Tzu. Here you'll find a mix of classics and works by modern thinkers, bringing philosophical exploration right up to the present day.
A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest.
A series of reflections, strongly influenced by Epictetus, which represent a Stoic outlook on life. It offers a range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe.
This book argues that we have got it wrong in the West in our pursuit of what we consider to be 'self': an autonomous, self-driven, entrepreneurial entity, always on, always positive and always improving. This is a neoliberal self, stripped of the social.
Written in Greek without any intention of publication, this book offers spiritual reflections and exercises developed by the author, as the leader who struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. It covers topics such as: the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods, and Aurelius's own emotions.
Rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. This work demonstrates that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. It promotes a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual imposes their own 'will to power' upon the world.