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Breakfast With Socrates: A day with the world's greatest minds [Paperback]

Robert Rowland Smith
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Philosophy made accessible and applied to the quotidian...manages to be funny without underestimating the reader. (Financial Times 2009-10-24)

Smith's book is structured around a day, interrogating activities such as waking up, commuting, going to the doctor, watching TV, or partying. (The Guardian 2009-10-24)

it's hard not to recommend someone who provides you with an argument for not going to the gym, for promoting the power of using the TV remote control and letting your parents pay for lunch! (Sue Magee Bookbag 2009-10-06)

This charming book wears its erudition with ease and suggests that despite what Socrates says, it is in fact the unexamined day that is not worth living. (Publishers Weekly)

The ancient philosophers - and the author - bring meaning to your day...What has philosophy to do with work? What could Kant's transcendentalism, Hegel's dialectic or even Marx's materialism have to say about the daily grind? Well, this book demonstrates that the wisdom of the sages reveals much. (Management Today 2009-11-01)

Smith has written a remarkable book, which goes through the seemingly mundane events of a day - waking up, having a bath, commuting, reading a book, and so on - and explores them with a philosophical eye to see what insights might be gleaned...joyously wise. (Church Times 2009-11-27)

Breakfast with Socrates takes us on an extraordinary philosophical tour of an ordinary day as we wake up with Descartes' awareness of our own consciousness, go off to work with Weber's self-denial, play hooky with John Stuart Mill's passion for individual liberty, and end the day in a nice, warm bath with the Buddha's heightened consciousness of the moment. Who said philosophers aren't practical? (Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates)

A very thoughtful and continuously entertaining picture of human behaviour ... a filling mental meal that should leave you delightfully satisfied. (Wired) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

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

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.
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