2014’s Best Books on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully
by Maria Popova How to be alone, wake up from illusion, master the art of asking, fathom your place in the universe, and more. After the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books and best science books, here are my favorite books on psychology and philosophy published this year, along with the occasional letter and personal essay — genres that, at their most excellent, offer hearty helpings of both disciplines. Perhaps more precisely, these are the year’s finest books on how to live sane, creative, meaningful lives. (And since the subject is of the most timeless kind, revisit the selections 2013, 2012, and 2011.) Werner Herzog is celebrated as one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of our time, but his ascent to acclaim was far from a straight trajectory from privilege to power. Solitude, the kind we elect ourselves, is met with judgment and enslaved by stigma. Sam Harris by Bara Vetenskap Harris writes: Our minds are all we have. Mastery requires endurance.