What are the best books about the Liberal Arts?

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    #1The Alchemy of Happiness

    The Alchemy of Happiness

    The Alchemy of Happiness is a guidebook authored by Al Ghazzali. It was published in Kindle form in 2016. It is about how Muslims can look for happiness while following Islamic law.


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    Patrick Brown
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I've always been fascinated by religion and how people seem to view it for themselves. This book talks a lot about religion as well as the liberal arts and ties them together in a really nice way. The book can be a bit off putting if you don't like religion or you don't like the Muslim religion, but the book has a lot to offer anyone who reads it and it's well worth your time."
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    #2Rhetoric Reclaimed

    Rhetoric Reclaimed

    Rhetoric Reclaimed: Aristotle and the Liberal Arts Tradition is a study book written by Janet M. Atwill. It was released in 1998. It is a deep look into the origins of humanities.


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    Abel Salas
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I'm in the middle of the road here, but not really due to quality. This comes off much more as a study book and not something the majority of people would kick back and read in their spare time. If that still intrigues you, go for it. It's well written."
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    #3How to Speak How to Listen

    How to Speak How to Listen

    How to Speak How to Listen is a guidebook for young adults written by Mortimer J. Adler. It was released in 1997. it is considered as a companion to the bestselling book, How to Read a Book. 


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    Mary Dunn
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This doesn't have much to do with liberal arts. It's a useful book, but it's about communicating with others. There are many other books about liberal arts out there that are more topical than this."
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    #4Socratic Logic

    Socratic Logic
    Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles is a book written by Peter Kreeft and edited by Trent Dougherty. It was released in 2010. It is an indexed form of Ancient Greek lessons.

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    Andrea Delgado
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Socratic Logic is a very in depth book about the Liberal Arts. I learned a lot of new information about Aristotelian Principles and the author made it very simple to comprehend. "
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    #5The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

    The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
    The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness is a philosophical reference and inspirational book written by the Greek stoic philosopher Epictetus. It was published February 5, 2013 by HarperOne.

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    Jose Ramos
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Sharon Lebell shares the great wisdom of Epictetus in the invaluable primer The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness. Epictetus speaks to living your best possible life in this easy to read book of philosophical teachings in the stoic tradition."
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    #6In Defence of Rhetoric

    In Defence of Rhetoric
    In Defence of Rhetoric is a study book written by Brian Vickers. It was released in October 1989. It is a critique and analysis of rhetoric in different eras, from classical times, to Renaissance, to modern times.


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    Elizabeth Jordan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It's a book for someone in academia. It may be useful as a gift for someone going to college to practice more challenging work or if they are considering a Philosophy major. Personally, I haven't kept mine since college."
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    #7Vision of the Future

    Vision of the Future
    Vision of the Future is a critic written by renowned author Mortimer J. Adler. It was first released in 1984. It is about the current status of 12 key elements and how it will help shape the future.

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    Christine Hopkins
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Not sure how this is about Liberal Arts. Its about life in general, which I guess is what the Liberal Arts is supposed to be. Gives a general overview of the authors 12 ideas for making life better. Sounds boring."
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    #8The Great Ideas

    The Great Ideas

    The Great Ideas: A Lexicon of Western Thought is an investigative book written by renowned philosopher Mortimer J. Adler. It was released in February 1999. It is about philosophical questions asked throughout history.


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    Rakesh Malik
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Great Ideas is one of the best books about the Liberal Arts. What a treasure trove! I am getting a "classical education" late in life, and this book is part of the cornerstone of that endeavor. Simply wrapping my mind around these great ideas each day has given me an explosion of new interests, things to talk about, issues to pursue. This may prove to be one of the most paradigm-shifting books I have ever read."
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    #9Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

    Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric

    Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric is an investigative book authored by Ward Farnsworth. It was released in late 2010. It studies the effective ways to communicate to a large crowd, particularly like Lincoln and Churchill.


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    Javier Alvarado
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric is analytical book about how we approach the english language and speaking. It breaks down the different elements of speech that make it more engaging and allows it to flow better for an audience. When I was reading it, I remember they mentioned great public speakers like Dickens and Melville. Highly recommended for those who love liberal arts."
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    #10The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.


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    Walter Stevens
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was not a fan of this book. I could not get into the story at all because it seemed so archaic. I fell asleep a few times when reading it because I was bored with it at times. The journey felt tame to some of the books and movies I've read like "Lord of the Rings" or "Star Wars" and I could not really gain interest in any of the characters. This is a book which has not aged well in my opinion."


Best What are the best books about the Liberal Arts
1The Alchemy of HappinessBooks 35 Paid
2Rhetoric ReclaimedBooks 33 Paid
3How to Speak How to ListenBooks 31 Paid
4Socratic LogicBooks 29 Paid
5The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and EffectivenessBooks 26 Paid
6In Defence of RhetoricBooks 24 Paid
7Vision of the FutureBooks 22 Paid
8The Great IdeasBooks 21 Paid
9Farnsworth's Classical English RhetoricBooks 20 Paid
10The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 6 Paid

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