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What's your favorite little philosophy book?

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In Towards a calculus of happiness I mentioned Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, which is increasingly informing how I'm thinking about my book. It now rests along with other favorites [1] in a class of philosophy books that gets at what I'm shooting for. I'd love your suggestions for others that are similar.

Here are a few attributes that come to mind:

  • Logically coherent view of the world (e.g., worldview, principles, and practices)
  • Tightly written in clear, spare language
  • Provides lasting value

Do any of your favorites jump out at you? I'm not in the habit of studying the masters, so this is a new sub-experiment as part of writing the book. Thanks!


[1] Here are some I've stumbled across in the last five years:

Reader Comments (1)

Patricia Ryan Madson shared these with me:


Two small books that I "go to" for a philosophical hit are:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Constructive Living by David K. Reynolds
oh, and
Life is a VERB by Patti Digh

October 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterMatthew Cornell

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