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What is the most important non-religious book ever written?
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What is the most important non-religious book ever written?
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>>1264858
Depends on what society you ask.

>Journey to the West
While spiritual, not entirely 'religious'.

>The Iliad
Basis of western entertainment

>Gilgamesh
Not a book, but still extremely important

>Art of War
Need no explanation

Sure there are many more, but these could be considered the staple of the non-religious human canon.
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>>1264858
Don Quijote
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>>1264858
Also sprach Zarathustra will be the bible of the future superman.

As of now I would say either the Iliad or Plato's Republic
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Plato's Republic
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Probably any of the works by Plato, mostly becuase of how deeply he influenced both Christianity and Islam
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>>1264880
>Basis of western entertainment
Not only that. It was the foundational myth of ancient Hellas and used for education even so far as the time of Augustine.
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Capital
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>>1264858

>Blood, Goats, and Children: A History of Modern Pornography.
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>>1264858
The Republic
Communist Manifesto + Das Kapital
The Rights of Men + Common Sense
Democracy in America
The Prince
Uncle Tom's Cabin
On Liberty
The Wealth of Nations
Guerilla Warfare
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>>1264908
>implying Marxism isn't a religion
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>>1264858

Possibly the Iliad - it was studied and emulated by the Greeks, Romans, and even the Byzantines.

Also, how about the I-Ching, which is quite possibly the basis for various strands of eastern philosophy.
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>>1264921
> science
> is religion
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>>1264927
>The Iliad and the I Ching
>Not religious
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>>1264907
It's still used for education
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>>1264971
>Myth
>The same as religion

No.
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>>1264884
Fucking this. The book for everything.
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>>1264884
Postmodernism in the 1500s

Very edgy

The first novel I know of with self-referential jokes, metafiction, and fan fiction built into the plot.
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>>1264886
>Also sprach Zarathustra will be the bible of the future superman.
Ayone with any bible cannot be the Superman.
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>>1265162
>One uses gods
>The other is used in religious rituals
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>>1265257
Finnegans Wake is about gods but I wouldn't call that religious either.
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>>1264858
The Encyclopedia
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>>1264858
my diary
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>>1264886
>Also sprach Zarathustra will be the bible of the future superman.
lol
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Euclid's Elements is the most taught book in history after the bible.
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>>1265372
Euclid's Elements was the standard geometry textbook until very recently and I hold that its abandonment is a cause (not a symptom, a cause) of the decline in educational standards.
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An inquiry into the wealth of nations by that irish guy.
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>>1265535
>not a symptom, a cause

whats the difference?
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>>1265180
damn that picture is trippy
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Has anyone said The Origin Of Species? More influential in the modern era than any other text with regards to both scientific and religious thought.
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>>1264858
Old uncle Ragnar never told a lie.
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>>1264858
>The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The book changed the way we think about the world. It demonstrated that the diversity of the natural world could be explained without recourse to supernatural agency and proposed instead that it had been shaped by chance collisions and incremental changes through billions of years. It also showed us that the Earth is not preprogrammed to progress. Species that outgrow themselves risk extinction, not because they are being punished for their hubris but because they are making themselves unfit, destroying the means of their own survival.
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>>1264858
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>The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

Freud was right to feel that he had written something momentous (he even imagined a plaque to commemorate where the “secret of dreams” had been discovered).

Freud shows the central place of sexuality and violence in our mental lives. His "dream book" showed so carefully how exactly these currents are forged and encrypted, how they undergo distortion and censorship and how they are formed and shaped by language.
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>>1265605
Nice.
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>>1264858
Euclid's Elements
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>>1265748
what?
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>>1265535
Nigga, literally everything there is presented witha geometric perspective, it's completely useless to teach it like that with what we know about algebra and analysis.
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>>1264858
Marx - Capital, considering half the world was communist

>>1264880
>The Iliad
>non-religious

topkek
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>>1265665

I have this book
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>>1266168
You have read it, right? Gods in a work does not automatically mean said work is a religious work, it simply has religious over-tones as did every day life in ancient Greece.

Try again.
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>>1266168
>half the world was communist
looks like somebody didnt read the most important non-religious book
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How to make gunpowder by Ching Chong Chinaman
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>>1264858
The God Delusion is the most important book of all time
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>>1264880
>>Gilgamesh
Literally a male mary sue
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>>1266277
creating butthurt =/= importance
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>>1266283
You know what an epic is?
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>>1264880
How is the Iliad a book but Gilgamesh isn't? The Iliad was passed through oral tradition
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>>1264858
Art of War
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>>1264858
What is Enlightenment
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>>1264858
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
Das Kapital
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>>1266439
I thought the story of the Trojan War was passed through oral tradition but the Iliad specifically was a written book.
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The God delusion
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>>1266620
The Iliad was a written book and had been since Homer. There is debate over whether Homer was an inheritor of an oral tradtion; an illiterate poet dictating to an author, or an author who penned the thing whole cloth.
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>>1266152
The Elements is more important as a tool for teaching logic and thought than for teaching geometry, and should be taught in primary school.
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>>1264908
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>>1264858


Sun Tzu's Art of War And Clausewitz's On War?
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>>1264957
>marxism
>scientific
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>>1266168
>Capital
>non-religious

topkek
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>>1264858
Atlas Shrugged
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>>1266732
There are better entry level books nowdays and considering the language and progression of the book, there are better methods. Though I agree proof learning should be thought since primary.
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Everybody Poops
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>>1266283
Well no, because he ultimately fails in his quest
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>>1265180
Yup, it's incredible how ahead of his time Cervantes was
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>>1264886
what did he mean by this?
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where's waldo
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Capital and The Wealth of Nations
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>>1269683
SPOILERS bro
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The Elements by Euclid. So many people learned math via this book, it was used from antiquity to the 20th century.
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>>1264884
This and Brothers Karamazov.
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>>1270667
THIS, not trying to sound like a sperglord but I don't think there is a book as influential or as lasting (in print) as Euclids.
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>>1264858
1. Elements (Euclid)
2. Principia Mathematica (Newton)
3. The Analytic Theory of Heat (Fourier)
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>>1264858
The Kybalion
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>>1266198
how is it?
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>>1264858
The collected works by Aristotle on natural philosophy. Aristotle was much more influential in the progression towards knowledge than individual scientists.
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>>1265180
>>1269700
It's a funny book for any age. Greek plays are "postmodern" if by "postmodern" you mean "epic memes I pretend are original to postmodernism"
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>>1264880
T. Zhang
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>>1271117
A bit dated, but still wicked good.
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>>1264858
Plato's Republic. It's the very basis of modern philosophy.
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>>1264858
Blood Meridian but that has so many biblical overtones it's debatable.

Heart of Darkness
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>>1264858

On the Origin of Species.
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