Looking at my mini-library in front of me, here are some of the books I have found particularly stimulating:
For some interesting philosophy (whether you agree with these authors or not): - John Gray (LSE) - 'Straw Dogs' - Alain de Botton - 'The Consolations of Philosophy' - Lou Marinoff - 'Plato, not Prozac!' - Jostein Gaarder - 'Sophie's World' (also a PC game and movie version) - Friedrich Nietzsche - 'On the Genealogy of Morals' and 'Beyond Good and Evil' - David Hume - 'Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding' and 'Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion' (a little dry for some!) - Ayn Rand - 'The Virtue of Selfishness' - Daniel Quinn - 'Ishmael' and 'The Story of B' - Anton LaVey - The Satanic Bible (what's this doing here??)
On the history of Christianity and 'heretical' thought: - Elaine Pagels - 'The Gnostic Gospels' and 'Beyond Belief' - Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy - 'The Jesus Mysteries' and 'Jesus and the (Lost) Goddess'
The 'Introducing' series by Icon Books has some interesting guides - I particularly like their introductions to Psychology, Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Nietzsche and Postmodernism.
I'd also recommend a decent self-help guide based on cognitive therapy, as this can be exceptionally helpful in thinking clearly. Try 'Mind over Mood' by Christine Padesky and Dennis Greenberger.
Yes I have, it was released around 1996 though so may disagree with modern PCs (unless you use an emulator).
The Sophie's World game is based in a virtual universe, instead of a book. Kind of like the theme the Matrix films later took up. It plays like a mix of philosophically-themed puzzles with a mini-encyclopedia of philosophy thrown in (based on the book's philosophy discussions).
Worth a look, if you can find it and get it running!
I've never seen the Sophie's World movie though - I'm not sure if there was a full English version, or just Norwegian with English subtitles. I'll report back on that one
the Satyricon's a good read, its got teachings for poets and its a good read.talks about the sociological structure of rome under the rule of nero.Kahlil Gibran also has some pretty good poetry talks of satan a little,just some good tihs.
Mequa, those are some great books- especially concerning heretical thought. Elaine Pagels is one of my favorites as well. I saw her at a conference, when she was promoting "Beyond Belief." Amazing woman and damn near encyclopedic knowledge.