4 philosophical books of iconic writers

Any readable book is its philosophical undertones, its instructive morals and ideas in which the author with the help of its members urged to listen. Somewhere philosophical ideas more obvious and bulge outwards, and their smaller. We tried to make a mini collection of those books where philosophical aspect not covered no genre, no story.

«The name of the rose», Umberto Eco

This is not a novel that will appeal to everyone, as evidenced by the reviews I have read, «Too much verbiage», «Bored and not interested», «Too many words, and meaningless». Indeed, in the philosophical statements of the characters of the book you can complain about, because phrases like: «turn the page reveals a new» — it’s not what you expect from philosophy.

Others, on the contrary, I admire the intricacies of the novel (because in the first place is still a historical mystery) and fond of scrupulous historicism, reproduced on the pages. Indeed, the spirit of the dark of the Benedictine monastery of the XIV century Italian really feel in the description of the gray rocks and dark-dim the sky. But the main thing is, of course, the debate on the Christian theme. Professor of semiotics ancient and distinguished University of Bologna raises these questions often, and everywhere, throughout the story. According to him, we can agree, you can argue themselves hoarse, and you can even skip, as long monologues and dialogues is not required to follow the fascinating story. For those interested in Eco-philosopher, suggest to allocate these points with a marker and to subject them to deeper analysis. Don’t listen to anyone’s opinions on this work, even our — you just need to pick up and read.

«Notes from underground» by Fyodor Dostoevsky

By choosing this book to read in the first place pay attention to its small size. The power of the word of Dostoevsky know all his works are able to drive a person into a state of extreme desperation, and that’s why nothing to worry about the volume waking up some courage. But as always: the first sentence («I am a sick man… I’m an evil man») makes you nod in assent, and then comes the deep introspection, the reading of which is not myself. Some say that this book is a must-have for men in crisis. But only in the case of self-deprecation gives you vitality, — otherwise no answers and tips he gives. But, of course, interesting reading is not affected.

We are not interested in how the author picks his rotten soul, criticizing himself for his poverty. For the moral humiliation of prostitutes (and there is in the story and a moment) we see his argument in favor of why the idea of the Crystal Palace (the overall harmony of the world) utopian. And all of that such hermits live by the principle «I am the one, but they are all» and get pleasure from their own moral self-torture. All this just intelligent, reflective passivity, which he wrote Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.

«Sirens of Titan», Kurt Vonnegut

To doubt the genius of Vonnegut is not necessary, but we must admit that there is in his biography of labor better, more interesting, and much less chaotic. Too many things are mixed a great writer, starting with a lively satire and finishing with a pompous military March. On top of this fantastic piece, so get a strong cocktail. Try to tell the story is to condemn your soul to the spoilers, so I’m sorry, just trust that the time spent you won’t regret it.

Vonnegut opposers often say that, they say, he alone is a philosopher. We will not argue, but Vonnegut shows us the depth of the routine things that every day surround us. In «the Sirens of Titan» the scope is wide enough… And in the end it turns out that he still goes to trivia, almost to the point of farce. Because the world itself is tragicomic, absurd and imperfect. It is not excluded that we are driven by a kind Providence, unknown forces, idolatrada Nibiru or anyone else. Vonnegut shows that you still do not change, if you’re going to keep thinking about this, only tallissa, become paranoid. And if you run idolatrada, even your confidence in the management of idolatriae coming from them. And in the end will still result in what they want. It is a kind of interpretation of the myth of Sisyphus, aimed at the philosophy of everyday life.

«The Stranger» By Albert Camus

First place in the list of «100 books of the century according to Le Monde». At the time the novel was inspired by the frontman of the band The Cure, Robert Smith, to create their debut single Killing an Arab. Not least because the story Camus deserves attention. So it is, everything else still came out extremely great.

What a tale similar to the «Process» Kafka: an innocent man is put on unfair trial. But unlike the Czech-Austrian-Jewish writer, the Frenchman the all clear — a man is judged because he does not behave as all, why society wants to believe him guilty. That is what preaches Camus — the full confession of human freedom from silly rules and absurd prejudices. That is why it must be read.

And as the hero just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, human existence is represented in the story as a chain of coincidences, almost independent of the will of man. He just adapts as you can, to the proposed conditions, once again Reaffirming your favorite Alberowa opinion of Sisyphus.

In fact, this work opens your eyes to the basic problems of mankind. It is a pity that not all have the mind to realize them and not enough of anything to change.

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