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Best Enlightenment Books To Read

Our list of some of the best Enlightenment books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy (2017)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadOne of Slate’s 10 Best Books of the YearAnthony Gottlieb’s landmark The Dream of Reason and its sequel challenge Bertrand Russell’s classic as the definitive history of Western philosophy.Western philosophy is now two and a half millennia old, but much of it came in just two staccato bursts, each lasting only about 150 years.
Author(s): Anthony Gottlieb

The Enlightenment of Bees (2019)

 Best Enlightenment Books To Read“I combed through the pages with delight.
Author(s): Rachel Linden

On the Path to Enlightenment: Heart Advice from the Great Tibetan Masters (2013)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadDilgo Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that “when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.’” Ricard has selected and translated some of t…
Author(s): Matthieu Ricard

The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture) (2016)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadGain insight into The Enlightenment from the era’s most influential thinkers as Enlightenment explores the impact this time period had on the political, religious, and educational landscape of the day.
Author(s): Margaret C. Jacob

Dialectic of Enlightenment (Cultural Memory in the Present) (2007)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadDialectic of Enlightenment is undoubtedly the most influential publication of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Written during the Second World War and circulated privately, it appeared in a printed edition in Amsterdam in 1947.
Author(s): Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, et al.

The Portable Enlightenment Reader (Portable Library) (1995)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadThe Age of Enlightenment of the 18th century, also called the Age of Reason, was so named for an intellectual movement that shook the foundations of Western civilization.
Author(s): Isaac Kramnick

I Am: A Journey To Spiritual Enlightenment (2011)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadI Am is the bestselling book reflecting a 3-year spiritual adventure with enlightened masters through South Africa, Egypt, Bhutan, The Maldives, Italy and Peru. The profound teachings point the way to love, peace, bliss and freedom, encouraging a transformation of consciousness and spiritual awakening. My books I Am and Heart Song form the essential foundation to the advanced teachings in the rest of the books.
Author(s): Stephen Shaw

The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works (2018)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadEnlightenment―is it a myth or is it real? Across time and culture, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now. Few teachers achieve clarity with the application of scientific inquiry to these states of consciousness like Shinzen Young.
Author(s): Shinzen Young

The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2015)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadA foundational moment in the history of modern European thought, the Enlightenment continues to be a reference point for philosophers, scholars and opinion-formers. To many it remains the inspiration of our commitments to the betterment of the human condition. To others, it represents the elevation of one set of European values to the world, many of whose peoples have quite different values.
Author(s): John Robertson

The Enlightenment (New Approaches to European History) (2013)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadDebate over the meaning of ‘Enlightenment’ began in the eighteenth century and still continues to this day. This period saw the opening of arguments on the nature of man, truth, the place of God, and the international circulation of ideas, people and gold. But did the Enlightenment mean the same for men and women, for rich and poor, for Europeans and non-Europeans?
Author(s): Dorinda Outram

Enlightenment Is Sexy: Every Woman’s Guide to a Magical Life (2015)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadLiving life from the INSIDE OUT is the only way to roll.There is a whole world inside of you waiting to be tapped into.
Author(s): Valerie Gangas

Enlightenment Now (2018)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadNew
Author(s): Steven Pinker

Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 (2002)

 Best Enlightenment Books To ReadIn the wake of the Scientific Revolution, the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the complete demolition of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought, and belief by the new philosophy and the philosophers, including Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.
Author(s): Jonathan I. Israel

Best Enlightenment Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some enlightenment books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Voice of Reason_A V.I.P. Pass to Enlightenment

Author(s): Chael Sonnen
ID: 1146843, Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing, Year: May 15 2012, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

The Archangel Guide to Enlightenment and Mastery: Living in the Fifth Dimension

Author(s): Diana Cooper, Tim Whild
ID: 2338993, Publisher: Hay House UK, Year: 5 July 2016, Size: 883 Kb, Format: epub

Samyama - Cultivating Stillness in Action, Siddhis and Miracles

Author(s): Yogani
ID: 2296861, Publisher: AYP Publishing, Year: 3 Nov 2008, Size: 172 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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