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    Any recommandations?

    I'm currently reading The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts and am finding it particularly useful for where I am in my life at the moment. It was written a fair while ago but it isn't dated at all. It takes from philosophy of Zen Buddhism and translates it in a way which is easily applicable in western society.

    It's not a heavy read and has actually got a bit of a laugh out of me here and there.


    I know Think by Simon Blackburn is often recommended as a first book (although I haven't read much of it so I can't guarantee it)- it's not very big and easy to read.
    as for philosophical literature, I can personally recommend the outsider by Albert Camus (absurdist themes, fiction, very easy reading, kind of weird in a good way) and Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (account of the author's personal experience of Auschwitz, focused on the psychology of the experience, v existentialist themes as it emphasises the human capacity to transcend their conditions)
    letters from a stoic is a collection of Seneca's letters, and I've only read one or two but they read beautifully.
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