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A Balanced Approach to Human Experience,
This review is from: Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations (Paperback)I agree with Neil's comment above "about as good a manual for life as you're likely to get."
Karen Armstrong has said that humans use two methods to explain their world: Mythos and Logos. Logos is about empirically observing our world through scientific exploration, and Mythos is more about tapping into our intuition by sharing stories, art and poetry.
In the last century, we have shifted almost exclusively to Logos as the means of understanding our world, relegating the arts of Mythos to mere entertainment. "Philosophy is dead," said Stephen Hawking, "Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery." But according to Armstrong, both mythos and logos are essential . . . "each would be impoverished without the other."
What Evans does well in his book is to weave the two together on multiple levels. He combines the teachings of ancient philosophers, with stories of modern groups and individuals who are applying this philosophy to their lives with meaningful results. And then he ties it in to modern science on wellbeing, finally relating it to his own personal experience.
I recommend his book, and when you read it I think you will agree that reports of the death of philosophy have been greatly exaggerated.