How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life

by Roman Krznaric


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How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life by Roman Krznaric

There are many ways to try to improve our lives—we can turn to the wisdom of philosophers, the teachings of spiritual guides, or the latest experiments of psychologists. But we rarely look to history for inspiration—and when we do, it can be surprisingly powerful. In How Should We Live? the cultural historian Roman Krznaric explores twelve universal topics—including love, family, and empathy; work, time, and money—by illuminating the past and revealing the wisdom we have been missing. There is much to be learned from the ancient Greeks about the different varieties of love, for example, from medieval and Renaissance Europeans about living with passion and facing the realities of death, from various indigenous cultures on bringing up our children, and from Japanese pilgrims on the art of travel. Whether it is the different uses of the senses or nature across time, or changing attitudes to belief and creativity, How Should We Live? is full of ideas and stories from the past. A wonderful work of “practical history,” it sheds invaluable light on the decisions we make every day and shows what history can teach us about the art of living.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629190044
Publisher: BlueBridge
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,232,406
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ROMAN KRZNARIC is a cultural thinker, writer, and founding faculty member of The School of Life in London. He has taught sociology and politics at Cambridge University and City University, London, and advises organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Nurturing Relationships

1 Love 3

2 Family 27

3 Empathy 51

Making a Living

4 Work 75

5 Time 97

6 Money 119

Discovering the World

7 Senses 147

8 Travel 171

9 Nature 197

Breaking Conventions

10 Belief 219

11 Creativity 241

12 Deathstyle 265

Epilogue 289

Bibliography 295

Notes 311

Illustration Credits 324

Acknowledgements 326

About the Author 327

Index 328

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