Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems [NOOK Book]

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When philosophy rescued him from an emotional crisis, Jules Evans became fascinated by how ideas invented over two thousand years ago can help us today. He interviewed soldiers, psychologists, gangsters, astronauts, and anarchists and discovered the ways that people are using philosophy now to build better lives. Ancient philosophy has inspired modern communities — Socratic cafés, Stoic armies, Epicurean communes — and even whole nations in the...
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Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems

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Overview

When philosophy rescued him from an emotional crisis, Jules Evans became fascinated by how ideas invented over two thousand years ago can help us today. He interviewed soldiers, psychologists, gangsters, astronauts, and anarchists and discovered the ways that people are using philosophy now to build better lives. Ancient philosophy has inspired modern communities — Socratic cafés, Stoic armies, Epicurean communes — and even whole nations in the quest for the good life.

This book is an invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes twelve of the greatest philosophers from the ancient world, sharing their lessons on happiness, resilience, and much more. Lively and inspiring, this is philosophy for the street, for the workplace, for the battlefield, for love, for life.
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Editorial Reviews

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“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 in the ancient world. It is also beautifully written.”
Lord Richard Layard, author of Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

“A brilliant and timely book.”
Tom Hodgkinson, author of The Freedom Manifesto

“A revelation.”
Alexander Linklater, The Observer

“Unputdownable!”
Kristján Kristjánsson, University of Birmingham Jubilee Centre for Character and Values

Library Journal
10/15/2013
In the autobiographical portions of this book, Evans (policy dir., Ctr. for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, Univ. of London) describes the role that ancient philosophy played in helping to make sense of his life. Evans's primary goal is to show how the influence of Greek philosophers (e.g., Socrates, Plato, and Epictetus) is applicable to our daily lives even today. This goal is somewhat hampered by two aspects of the work: the author's reflections on his own experience feel overly personal and often inconsequential, and the work is diluted by his wit, impeding the philosophy being discussed. This volume is divided into five sections, with the first four covering the Stoics, the Epicureans, skepticism, and politics. The final section, labeled "Extracurricular Appendices," focuses on Evans's take on the Socratic tradition. VERDICT The idea that ancient philosophy is applicable to our lives today is a powerful one, but too much of this work is about Evans and his experiences with philosophy, and too little of it is a genuine introduction to street philosophy or philosophy for the common man.—William Simkulet, Andover, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608682300
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 10/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 259,323
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Journalist and writer Jules Evans is policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He helps run the London Philosophy Club, the biggest philosophy club in the world, and is one of ten BBC Next Generation Thinkers for 2013. He teaches and blogs about practical philosophy.
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