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How Philosophy Can Change Your Life
     

How Philosophy Can Change Your Life

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by Lou Marinoff
 

Professor Lou Marinoff's first book, the international bestseller Plato, Not Prozac!, drew on the wisdom of the great philosophers to solve everyday problems, launching a movement that made philosophy useful again. Now, in Therapy for the Sane, he takes the concept to the next level by applying philosophy and its literature to the central questions of modern

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Professor Lou Marinoff's first book, the international bestseller Plato, Not Prozac!, drew on the wisdom of the great philosophers to solve everyday problems, launching a movement that made philosophy useful again. Now, in Therapy for the Sane, he takes the concept to the next level by applying philosophy and its literature to the central questions of modern existence.

Urging us not to accept victimhood blindly, Dr. Marinoff uses specific case studies from his counseling practice to show how the great thinkers can help us define our own philosophy, and thereby reclaim our sense of well-being. How do we know what is right? How can we cope with change? How can we use centuries of wisdom to help us feel at ease in the world? Accessible, entertaining, and essential, Therapy for the Sane presents a shift in perspective that is truly life-changing.

Therapy for the Sane was originally published in hardcover as The Big Questions.

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author of You Are Not the Target and This Timeless Laura Huxley
Guiding the reader through the finest work of the human mind. Problem-solving becomes an uplifting adventure.
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“Lou Marinoff is a fellow pilgrim, always ready to tell the story that hasn't been told, always ready to take the risks that haven't been taken.” —Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist

“Bracing, bold, expansive, easy to understand, companiable, and dare I say it, highly therapeutic.” —Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D., author of Woman's Inhumanity to Woman

“This is therapy for the thoughtful.” —Arlene Getz, Newsweek

“One of the prime movers behind the contemporary phenomenon of philosophical counseling.” —Tom Morris, Ph.D., author of Philosophy for Dummies and The Art of Achievement

“Guiding the reader through the finest work of the human mind. Problem-solving becomes an uplifting adventure.” —Laura Huxley, author of You Are Not the Target and This Timeless Moment

“A must-read, Therapy for the Sane shows that philosophy is as essential to a healthy mind as food and water are to a healthy body.” —William Irwin, Ph.D., editor of The Matrix and Philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582344478
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/24/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Lou Marinoff is the author of the international bestseller Plato, Not Prozac (HarperCollins, 1999). A professor of philosophy at the City College of New York, Marinoff is also the founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association.

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How Philosophy Can Change Your Life 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book came highly recommended. Published in hardcover as 'The Big Questions' and also in paperback as 'Therapy for the Sane'. I was happy to learn that some educators are actually waging an effort to return philosophical dialogue to prominence in the educational matrix. I was looking for creative thinking, new challenges in philosophy, new paths to dialogue introduced, a wonderful case history. What I received was hype! This book is emblematic of the tragedy of our educational system. Lou Marinoff somehow 'achieved' a Ph.D., which should indicate exceptional research skills, and a profound knowledge of his chosen subject. This book has so many high school level compositional errors and worse, serious subject errors in one of the most well documented philosophies of human history, to demonstrate that it is more a rambling opinion by marijuana addict than anything authoritative or well thought out. At very least, the book ends up slouching for a political manifesto of the plea to return philosophy to its rightful place in the educational system. Unfortunately, this book functions as yet another proof of the failure of American 'higher' education. From a weak start to a woeful middle, I could not bring myself to finish this book. The positions and 'research' could be easily dismantled by a high school debate. This is not the kind of 'support' philosophy deserves, let alone from a PhD.!