The Big Questions: How Philosophy can Change Your Life

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From the author of the international bestseller Plato Not Prozac!, a vital guide to the art of living.

Professor Lou Marinoff's first book drew on the wisdom of the great philosophers to solve our everyday problems, launching a movement that restored philosophy to what it once was: useful in all walks of life. Now, in The Big Questions, he takes the concept to the next level, applying centuries of philosophy and great literature to answer ...

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Overview

From the author of the international bestseller Plato Not Prozac!, a vital guide to the art of living.

Professor Lou Marinoff's first book drew on the wisdom of the great philosophers to solve our everyday problems, launching a movement that restored philosophy to what it once was: useful in all walks of life. Now, in The Big Questions, he takes the concept to the next level, applying centuries of philosophy and great literature to answer central questions of modern existence.

Urging us not to accept victimhood as the by-product of modern life, Professor Marinoff uses specific case studies from his counseling practice to show how wisdom from the great thinkers can help us define our own philosophy, and thereby reclaim our sense of well-being. He asks and answers questions that go to the heart of the human condition: How do we know what is right? How can we cope with change? Why can't we all get along? And, most centrally, how can we use the centuries of wisdom that have come before us to help us answer these questions and feel at ease in the world?

Accessible, entertaining, and profoundly useful, The Big Questions mixes wisdom from the great thinkers with specific case studies to illuminate how a shift in perspective can truly be life changing.

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This is the second recent book to deal with the use of philosophical principles as a means of addressing the problems of modern life (see Elliot D. Cohen's What Would Aristotle Do?). Unlike Cohen, however, who focuses on Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics and the concept of the "middle way" as a coping strategy, Marinoff's approach is much broader. Marinoff's Plato, Not Prozac! was critical of psychiatry and psychotherapy as solutions for the problems of modern-day life, advocating instead working with a "philosophical counselor" or "philosophical practitioner" to deal with one's problems. The present book is an extension and expansion of what Marinoff began in 1999, using specific cases and examples from his practice as a philosophical counselor to illustrate how the thoughts of the great philosophers can be applied to modern problems. However, not all of life's troubles can be solved by referring to the works of the great thinkers. Many problems must be addressed by trained professionals in the fields of psychiatry and psychology. This does not diminish what the thinkers Marinoff refers to have to offer; it is simply meant as a caution to keep alternatives open. The book's appendixes contain helpful summaries and lists of organizations and practitioners worldwide. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Que. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582342535
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/16/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Marinoff is the author of the international hit Plato, Not Prozac!, which has been published in twenty languages. 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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