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This section contains a list of my favorite books and titles worth reading as a foundation to good thought and the pursuit of your own philosophy. I’ve listed the books in the order in which I would read them again. There are many more books I could recommend, though sometimes some books are enough, as suggested by Seneca:

“You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers, and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind.”

  1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

  2. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

  3. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn

  4. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (George Long translation)

  5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  6. The Discourses by Epictetus

  7. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

  8. by Seneca

  9. Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

  11. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorn

  12. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

  13. Code of Hammurabi

  14. Enuma Elish – The Babylonian Epic of Creation

  15. The Torah with commentary by Rabbi Rashi

  16. The Bible (King James and New International Version (NIV) editions) I read one chapter a day, beginning at the front and proceeding to the back, and then round-and-round again, every day, for all my life.

  17. On the Nature of the Universe by Lucretius

  18. On Man in the Universe by Aristotle

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