How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most

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Discover how great philosophers can help you live a more purposeful and peaceful life.

This inspiring new book from the bestselling author of Little Big Minds reveals how the heartbeats of philosophy- clear thinking, quiet reflection, and good conversation- are essential ingredients in a well-lived life. Full of great discussion ideas and activities you can do with a group, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life is framed around ten "big ideas"-themes that, according to McCarty, are ...

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Overview

Discover how great philosophers can help you live a more purposeful and peaceful life.

This inspiring new book from the bestselling author of Little Big Minds reveals how the heartbeats of philosophy- clear thinking, quiet reflection, and good conversation- are essential ingredients in a well-lived life. Full of great discussion ideas and activities you can do with a group, How Philosophy Can Save Your Life is framed around ten "big ideas"-themes that, according to McCarty, are necessary to grasp if one wants to live a truly fulfilling life. They are:

1. Simplicity (philosophers include Epicurus and Charlotte Joko Beck)
2. Communication (philosophers include bell hooks and Karl Jaspers)
3. Perspective (philosophers include Bertrand Russell and Mary Wollstonecraft)
4. Flexibility (philosophers include Socrates, Plato and Alan Watts)
5. Empathy (philosophers include the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther King, Jr.)
6. Individuality (philosophers include Jean-Paul Sartre and Elizabeth Spelman)
7. Belonging (philosophers include Albert Camus and Rita Manning)
8. Serenity (philosophers include Epictetus and Lao Tzu)
9. Possibility (philosophers include John Stuart Mill and Simone de Beauvoir)
10. Joy (philosophers include Shunryu Suzuki and Jane Addams)

So join the greatest thinkers of all time to discover the ideas that will help you live a happier, healthier life!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A warmhearted introduction to philosophy that blends Eastern and Western intellectual traditions with specific exercises to enhance the reader's ability to think philosophically for herself. Over the course of 10 topics ranging from “Simplicity” to “Joy,” and with a decided emphasis on self-improvement, McCarty (Little Big Minds) discusses a wide variety of philosophers, ranging from such canonical figures as Plato and Sartre to those—like Charlotte Joko-Beck—who sit closer to the New Age end of the spectrum. Throughout, the author emphasizes the ability of active reflection to improve lives, by promoting open-mindedness, the awareness of cultural diversity, social understanding and the ability to recognize priorities. Though the book contains little that is not already common currency among self-help manuals, its focus on philosophizing as a group activity and on the everyday practice of thinking, supplemented by each chapter's collection of exercises centered around music, poetry and the arts, taken together provide a pleasantly tangible approach to understanding how notions like tolerance, flexibility and perspective can enrich our busy lives. (Dec.)
Library Journal
According to McCarty (philosophy, Piedmont Virginia Community Coll.; Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids), philosophy is the art of clear thinking, a skill that promotes quiet introspection, good conversation, and high-quality living. She divides her book into chapters on, e.g., the ideas of simplicity, flexibility, and belonging. McCarty explains the significance of each topic and supplies relevant writings from two philosophers along with discussion questions and ideas for delving further into the topic. She opens up a whole new world to those who have never explored philosophy in detail. Her concept of philosophy clubs is particularly appealing and practical for public libraries and neighborhood groups.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585427468
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 207,671
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Teacher and educational consultant Marietta McCarty as been introducing philosophy to children, and guiding parents and educators in doing the same, for more than fifteen years. She has toured rural, suburban, and urban schools across the country, demonstrating her one-of-a-kind program. McCarty has a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia and currently teaches philosophy at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

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Table of Contents

Welcome xi

Simplicity 1

Communication 33

Perspective 65

Flexibility 99

Empathy 133

Individuality 165

Belonging 199

Serenity 231

Possibility 261

Joy 295

Thanksgiving 329

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    One of the most important books you'll ever read

    Many years ago I took a philosophy course in college. I was so enthralled with it that I considered becoming a philosophy major. That dream faded fast, however with each passing class as so many of the ideas and language I read in our homework felt like a mental bootcamp for those willing to work hard just to decipher it sentence by painful sentence. I wanted so much to be part of this club but it felt like an elitist group I could never hope to be a part of.

    So imagine my delight all these years later to find this book by Marietta McCarty! Finally philosophy is demystified in such a way that I can immediately understand and apply it to my daily life. It is written with a discussion group in mind but it is also a book you will want to keep by your bedside every night. It is a book you will read over and over again. A book like a friend that you can turn to in times of doubt or challenge and read a passage to calm you. A book that can give you insights, reassurance, wisdom, joy.

    This book is such a triumph! There is no book out there like it. It is not only very enjoyable to read but it is a very important one to have.
    Give yourself the gift of this book.

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