Philosophical Fiction

Are you looking for something to read that makes you think? Books that make you reflect upon the ideas and different perspectives presented, and often pose interesting questions to ponder upon? If so, try some philosophical fiction.

This has been defined by Wikipedia as:

"works of fiction in which a significant proportion of the work is devoted to a discussion of the sorts of questions normally addressed in discursive philosophy. These might include the function and role of society, the purpose of life, ethics or morals, the role of art in human lives, and the role of experience or reason in the development of knowledge...The modus operandi seems to be to use a normal story to simply explain difficult and/or dark parts of human life".

Not only are the books listed below entertaining, they also provide some thought provoking ideas. Do you agree, or have any other suggestions to add to the list? Feel free to tell us what you think about these books, in the comments.

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

Cats cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry

Gullivers travels by Jonathan Swift

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Steppenwolf (electronic resource) by Hermann Hesse

Stranger in a strange land by Robert Heinlein

War and peace by Leo Tolstoy

Maybe you've read some (maybe even all) of these - what did you think?

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