TEN BOOKS TO READ

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As pre­scribed by Philip An­thony and David Roberts, teach­ers of phi­los­o­phy at Brighton, Hove and Sus­sex Col­lege in the UK

1Prin­ci­ple-

Cen­tred Lead­er­ship, by Stephen Covey,

A mix­ture of phi­los­o­phy and busi­ness know-how, this is a rare mod­ern at­tempt to ap­ply Aris­totelian prin­ci­ples of fair­ness and pro­bity into busi­ness man­age­ment the­ory, the spin-off of which is said to be per­sonal health and hap­pi­ness. $16, Si­mon and Schus­ter

2The

Consolations of Phi­los­o­phy, by Alain de Bot­ton,

A mod­ern ac­count of how Socrates, Epi­cu­rus, Seneca, Mon­taigne, Schopen­hauer and Ni­et­zsche can help in con­fronting the prob­lems of mod­ern life and pro­vide con­so­la­tion when things don’t go ac­cord­ing to plan – un­pop­u­lar­ity, in­ad­e­quacy and love­less­ness are among the is­sues dealt with. $15, Pen­guin

3Sta­tus

Anx­i­ety, by Alain de Bot­ton

A hand­book for those who worry about keep­ing up with the Jone­ses, this book looks at the way our fears about how oth­ers judge us af­fect our daily lives. With the help of philoso­phers, artists and writ­ers, it re­veals ways to find hap­pi­ness by mak­ing us ques­tion our be­liefs about suc­cess and fail­ure. $11.90, Pen­guin

4The

Hun­gry Soul, by Leon Kass,

A fas­ci­nat­ing ac­count of how the cus­toms, taboos and rit­u­als as­so­ci­ated with eat­ing of­fer a pro­found in­sight into what makes hu­mans happy – this is par­tic­u­larly use­ful for trav­el­ers who want to un­der­stand the plea­sure of eat­ing ex­otic cui­sine. $25, Univer­sity of Chicago Press

5Be­ing

Good, by Si­mon Black­burn,

A mod­ern at­tempt at in­ter­pret­ing philo­soph­i­cal ideas of men­tal health and hap­pi­ness, this slen­der edi­tion is an ac­ces­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion to the mean­ing of life. Cov­er­ing top­ics from God and death to plea­sure and freedom, it of­fers no easy an­swers but will make you think. $14.95, Ox­ford Univer­sity Press

6The

Con­so­la­tion of Phi­los­o­phy, by Boethius 7The

Ni­co­machean Ethics, by Aris­to­tle 8

How to Stay Sane, by Philippa Perry 9The

Shrink and the Sage, by Ju­lian Bag­gini and An­to­nia Mac­aro

Writ­ten in the sixth cen­tury while Boethius was await­ing death un­der tor­ture af­ter be­ing wrongly ac­cused of trea­son, this is the orig­i­nal ac­count of the ways in which phi­los­o­phy can of­fer men­tal and spir­i­tual con­so­la­tion when things go very wrong. $14.95, Ox­ford Univer­sity Press

The ori­gin of most of our ideas about hu­man hap­pi­ness, The Ni­co­machean Ethics ex­am­ines what the “good life” ac­tu­ally in­volves. De­spite be­ing writ­ten more than 2,000 years ago, Aris­to­tle’s anal­y­sis of well-be­ing and virtue can help us to think about how to im­prove $13, Pen­guin Classics

Un­der the stresses and strains of mod­ern life it can be hard to feel calm, con­tent and open to new ex­pe­ri­ences, but this easy-to-di­gest book, by psy­chother­a­pist Perry, ex­plains how tak­ing your­self out of your com­fort zone, and ob­serv­ing your­self and the way you re­late to oth­ers, can im­prove your men­tal health. It also has prac­ti­cal ex­er­cises to try. $16, The School of Life Philoso­pher Ju­lian Bag­gini and psy­chother­a­pist An­to­nia Mac­aro, au­thors of the Fi­nan­cial Times Week­end col­umn The Shrink and The Sage, have put to­gether a guide to the good life that com­bines the wis­dom of the an­cient Greeks and the in­sights of mod­ern psy­chol­ogy. It cov­ers ev­ery­thing from ques­tions of ex­is­ten­tial un­ease to ev­ery­day is­sues such as how we present our­selves.

$15.70, Icon Books

10Med­i­ta­tions

by Mar­cus Aure­lius

A col­lec­tion of apho­risms and wise say­ings that put the vi­cis­si­tudes of life into per­spec­tive, this work was writ­ten by an an­cient Ro­man em­peror strug­gling to make sense of his place in the uni­verse. A re­flec­tion on hu­man ra­tio­nal­ity, virtue, the na­ture of the gods and emo­tion, this Stoic work has been held in high es­teem for many cen­turies. $21.95, Pen­guin Classics

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