Philosophy books

These books offer insights that can help in understanding the philosophical background of the Middle Way, or inspiration in acknowledging how little we know. They cover topics like scepticism, radical empiricism, or uncertainty in ethics.

Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz* (2010)

A highly readable journalistic exploration of the philosophical and psychological territory of why we are so often wrong and what it feels like.

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb** (2007)

Taleb brings us face-to-face with the limitations of our knowledge, particularly in relation to ‘Black Swans’ – unexpected extreme events that go beyond “probability” as it is normally understood.

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb** (2012)

Taleb explains how the most successful systems in the long term are those that actually benefit from ‘unexpected’ extreme events.

Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks reinvented Buddhism by Adrian Kuzminski***(2008)

Kuzminski makes the very important distinction between Pyrrhonian (Agnostic) Scepticism and Negative Scepticism, and compares the ancient Greek Sceptics to Buddhism.

 

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