Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894 – 1963) was an English writer and philosopher. His most famous novel Brave New World has been recommended many times on Five Books.
Books by Aldous Huxley
Interviews where books by Aldous Huxley were recommended
Catherine Mayer—author, journalist and president of the Women’s Equality Party—talks to Five Books about her optimism for a more equal future for society by way of her favourite science fiction visionaries and their work.
Utopia is out of fashion because efforts to set one up normally end disastrously, says author Ellen Wayland-Smith, whose forefathers set up a utopian religious community in the 1840s in Oneida, New York. And yet, they offer a critique of society that, even today, can’t be ignored. She recommends four books on literary utopias and one on real-life attempts to set up idealized communities in the United States.
Warnings about the future of society contained in novels such as Nineteen Eighty-Four may seem less important since the fall of the Soviet Union, but they are all too relevant to China today, argues the Chinese writer
Satire is humour used for a moral purpose, explains American political satirist P.J. O’Rourke—though it doesn’t have to be particularly funny and can be quite dark. Here, he chooses five classic works of political satire, books that lay bare the shortcomings of not only communism and fascism but also the two-party system and the quest for a perfect society where everyone is happy.
The Australian economist and author of Zombie Economics says we need to inspire people with a view of a better society. In short, we need a new utopia.
The Varieties of Religious Experience
by William James
Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience
by Aldous Huxley
Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
by Jeffrey J Kripal
When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
by Tanya Luhrmann
Centuries of Meditations
by Thomas Traherne
States of ecstasy (from the ancient Greek ekstasis, meaning ‘standing outside’) are moments when you lose your ordinary sense of self and feel connected to something greater than you. It can be euphoric, but it can also be terrifying, says the philosopher Jules Evans. Here he selects five books that explore the significance and power of these surprisingly common experiences.