- 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 (118 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,168 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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Evans says the aim is to convey "what it would be like to get a day-pass to the School of Athens". Rather than merely being dry and academic, this book constantly shows an awareness of how philosophy can be brought to bear on everyday situations. Evans has interviewed all manner of people (astronauts, soldiers, the politician Rory Stewart) and profiled plenty of others - such as a Chicago firefighter who gives classes in Stoic resilience - to see where philosophy fits (or can fit) into their lives.
The book is appealingly structured like a day's lessons or tutorials. The writing is fresh and thoughtful, pretty accessible, largely unpretentious and of a genuinely practical kind. This reminds me of Alain de Botton's Consolations of Philosophy, except that it has a much keener sense of philosophy's place and utility in the real world.
As a primer in Greek philosophy, the book works well, but is a good deal more than that - a wise, honest, original and helpful guide, which provides ample food for thought and has inspired me to do further reading (about which Evans provides a handy guide at the end of the book).
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.
This book is an easy read but it took me a long time to finish because I was constantly sloping off to the internet to find out more about the characters, the texts and the references that so richly add to the reading experience - I even made notes (yikes)! Furthermore, the author seemlessly weaves into the text modern day, real-life examples of a diverse group of individuals and organisations that illustrate present day manifestations of the various philosophical themes. He also refers frequently and understatedly to his own travails with depression which he has surely overcome (I didn't know it but cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has its roots in philosophy).
I have long found philosophy a turn-off but this book has turned this view on its head. It is elegantly written in plain language but I found the content to be hugely stimulating.Read more ›
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This book has given me more to explore by journeys through philosophy. Thank you. Written in a easy to digest way.Published 28 days ago by Boman
Hugely inspiring,a Life enhancer, should be used in schools and colleges as compulsory text.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an excellent read and a excellent introduction to different philosophical theories. It also shows how each philosophical theory would be applied today to modern... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author used cbt to conquer anxiety. Cbt derives from ancient philosophy. This book allows us to touch base with philosophy an integral part of living the good life.Published 7 months ago by Den
What a book, couldn't put it down. So many of books I've read over the years has almost been sumarised in this publication. A recorded read for anyone who ask WHY?Published 7 months ago by Mrs S Birch
I loved this book. Very well written, it was engaging, entertaining and honest. Evans does a great job in introducing the reader into the world of philosophy using the school of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Udey
A quick and easy introduction to various philosophies. This book helped me to dip my toe into waters I had previously avoided.Published 9 months ago by Glyn Morris