`Philosophy made accessible and applied to the quotidian...manages to be funny without underestimating the reader.' --The Financial Times
`structured around a day, interrogating activities such as waking up, commuting, going to the doctor, watching TV, or partying.'
`The ancient philosophers bring meaning to your day... this book demonstrates that the wisdom of the sages reveals much.'
`Smith has written a remarkable book... joyously wise' --Church Times
This book's for anyone who enjoys questioning life.' --Scarlet magazine
"Takes us on an extraordinary philosophical tour of an ordinary day ... Who said philosophers aren't practical?" --Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of 'Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar'
`A very thoughtful and continuously entertaining picture of human behaviour ... a filling mental meal that should leave you delightfully satisfied.' --Wired
A journey through an ordinary day in the company of some extraordinary ideas - the book of the 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair that's already destined to be an international bestseller
What does it mean to be awake? What exactly is therapeutic about retail therapy? And what are you really working on when you're at your desk, in the gym, or having dinner? From getting ready in the morning, through heading to work, going to a party, having sex and falling back to sleep, Breakfast with Socrates provides an hour-by-hour commentary on what history's greatest philosophers have said about the meaning behind everything we do. A fascinating exploration of our daily lives, Breakfast with Socrates also draws on literature, art, politics and psychology to offer an informal introduction to the history of ideas that will help anyone to think more healthily. Breakfast will never be the same again...
From the Inside Flap
Can Nietzsche improve your commute? What would Freud think about your retail therapy? And what would Plato say about the way that you read books? Breakfast with Socrates reveals what history's greatest thinkers would say about everything we do, from getting ready in the morning, through heading to work, going to the gym, and falling back to sleep. We rarely think about how these everyday activities relate to wider ideas about the world, but Robert Rowland Smith illuminates the connections with wit, warmth and authority.In this hour-by-hour commentary on a single day in our lives, you'll find Lucretius explaining why it's good to be unprepared and Emerson advising you on booking a holiday. You'll get insight from Jung about your dreams, thoughts from Mill on bunking off, and the lowdown on sex from Aristophanes.Drawing on philosophy, literature, politics and psychology, Robert Rowland Smith shows how your everyday life can be improved by considering the world's most interesting ideas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner - and everything before and after - will never be the same again.
From the Back Cover
'Various geniuses will accompany you while you go about your business. While you're at work, Karl Marx whispers in your ear about how to stop being a wage slave.You'll encounter Machiavelli offering advice on throwing a successful party, hear from Carl Schmitt on why fighting with your partner might be a good thing, and learn tips from the Buddha on how to avoid falling asleep in the bath. Their ideas might be challenging or bizarre, but they will always be relevant to how you spend your day.'from the introduction
About the Author
Robert Rowland Smith was for ten years a Prize Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and is a consultant, lecturer and writer on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis. He is a frequent contributor to the Independent and the Philosophy Bites podcast series, and features regularly on the radio discussing philosophy and our everyday lives.