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Rutger Bregman
Thinking realistically about a new world
David Gilbert Christian
The origins of our world: a tale in which history meets science
Italo Calvino
Italo Calvino's thoughts on literary values
Sam Harris
Gain a better understanding of topics discussed in contemporary society
Donald Robertson
How to think like the emperor Marcus Aurelius
Mark Stevenson
Who are the “outsiders” and what are they doing for the world?
Ralph Waldo Trine
How to be in harmony with one’s own spirit
Tim Marshall
Understanding what divides people and why they’re building walls
Isabel Wilkerson
The story of migration in America
Yuval Noah Harari
Understanding the future by taking a good look at the past
Barack Hussein Obama
Barack Obama in his own words
R. Holiday, S. Hanselman
Understanding the art of living from the great thinkers of the ancient world
Yuval Noah Harari
How to deal with the present and the future

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How history and philosophy can help us understand the times we live in


The world is changing at a vast pace and unless we learn to analyse current times by starting with where it all began and the philosophies behind things, we risk repeating the same mistakes time and again.

Having some knowledge of history and philosophy can shine a light on our awareness and help us to understand what Giambattista Vico called “corsi e ricorsi storici” or the recurrent cycles of human history.

Through the enlightened thoughts of some of the greatest ancient and modern philosophers or through the deeds of great women and men who wrote history we can learn to be in the world, in a fully conscious and present way.

Finding a truly enlightening book on history and philosophy really isn’t that easy: without an adequate selection of sources we risk receiving information that might not be our cup of tea.

The challenge is to select books on history and philosophy that are as engaging as they are enlightening, because let’s face it, we don’t want to fall asleep after the first page! And this is why relying on a selection of books chosen by experts is the only way forward.



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