- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Rider (2 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846043212
- ISBN-13: 978-1846043215
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Philosophy for Life: And other dangerous situations Paperback – 2 May 2013
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"An important book, because it reminds us philosophy is not just about analysis. It's also about the good life." (Matthew Syed Times books of the year)
"Instructive and thought-provoking...shows philosophy is not just for stuffy classrooms" (Financial Times)
"This wonderful book shows how modern psychology is consistent with the best that was thought and known in the Ancient World...also beautifully written" (Lord Richard Layard, author, Happiness: Lessons From A New Science)
"A revelation" (Alexander Linklater Observer)
"Hugely enjoyed Philosophy for Life. Am an avid fan of classical philosophy & this book applies it thoroughly & beautifully." (Derren Brown)
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are keen on a pratical guide to the stoic portion I'd recommend William Irvine's A Gude To The Good Life: he is an academic so the writing is not as lucid as Jules, but there are more concrete, solid tips. Jules's book left me with a taster of everything, but if I were to make something of it, I'd have to research those areas of interest further.
One thing that did bother me was that the book made references, say to Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, but the reference at the back did not give the exact quoattion. So I know he quoted the book but can't look it up myself.
it is written superbly and is robust enough for someone with an intellectual philosophical background, yet simple enough for those who are simply intrigued. Every psychologist should read it too as there is within, an insight to how philosophy can help change your mind/life for the better.
I am now beginning to study the subject - I couldn't recommend this more highly
The writing style is clear and engaging it is a superbly structured look at many different areas of philosophy and one that routinely spans 2000BC to the present day. I particularly liked the way the author gave his own opinions of various things in a very mature and objective way but usually only at the end of each section once all the key points had been covered.
I've learned so much from this book about well known names such as Aristotle and Socrates, which before reading this were just names from some high brow and unreachable discipline called philosophy. The ideas put forward by all the people in this book are hugely stimulating and well presented here. It has totally broken down the barriers (in my mind) to the whole subject.
The only thing missing I think is a glossary of some of the terms used. There was a tendency at times to explain a concept then drop back into the jargon. I'm still in the dark as to what some of the colourful terms mean having never studied politics, economics or philosophy and not having a university background. Yes, I can (and did) Google them, but for a book intending to be accessible to anyone, I would have preferred this to explain it all, in the words of the author.
However there is - tongue in cheek - a dark side to this book!Read more ›
I owe this book and author (and Philosophers!) a lot of credit for helping me get through each day which, prior to reading, was extremely difficult. I have not committed to any particular philosophy (as I said I want to keep an open mind) but each in their own way has helped me more than any therapist could. I really believe this book could be useful to those who are a bit skeptical of modern methods in relation to overcoming certain difficult situations. It gives you the option of picking and choosing bits of each philosophy to adopt in order to deal with life in a more proactive and positive way.
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Great book. If you are interested in the philosophy of the Greeks (and Romans) this book will give you a diactic, readable and entertaining description of the main classical... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Manuel Asali de la Mora
For those who like a modern take on Meditations, this is a great read.Published 4 months ago by Mr Kaspar M D Varmuza
Quick delivery ,good read plenty good advice and anecdotal evidence .Published 6 months ago by Philip L.
This book saw me through a hospital stay and introduced me to the world of stoism.
Thank you Jules.
This book has given me more to explore by journeys through philosophy. Thank you. Written in a easy to digest way.Published 7 months ago by Boman