Breakfast With Socrates

Breakfast With Socrates : A day with the world's greatest minds

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What does it mean to be awake? What exactly is therapeutic about retail therapy? And what are you really working on when you're at your desk, in the gym, or having dinner? From getting ready in the morning, through heading to work, going to a party, having sex and falling back to sleep, Breakfast with Socrates provides an hour-by-hour commentary on what history's greatest philosophers have said about the meaning behind everything we do.

A fascinating exploration of our daily lives, Breakfast with Socrates also draws on literature, art, politics and psychology to offer an informal introduction to the history of ideas that will help anyone to think more healthily. Breakfast will never be the same again...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 179g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 184668241X
  • 9781846682414
  • 197,752

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Philosophy made accessible and applied to the quotidian...manages to be funny without underestimating the reader. * Financial Times * Smith's book is structured around a day, interrogating activities such as waking up, commuting, going to the doctor, watching TV, or partying. * The Guardian * it's hard not to recommend someone who provides you with an argument for not going to the gym, for promoting the power of using the TV remote control and letting your parents pay for lunch! -- Sue Magee * Bookbag * The ancient philosophers - and the author - bring meaning to your day...What has philosophy to do with work? What could Kant's transcendentalism, Hegel's dialectic or even Marx's materialism have to say about the daily grind? Well, this book demonstrates that the wisdom of the sages reveals much. * Management Today * Smith has written a remarkable book, which goes through the seemingly mundane events of a day - waking up, having a bath, commuting, reading a book, and so on - and explores them with a philosophical eye to see what insights might be gleaned...joyously wise. * Church Times * Breakfast with Socrates takes us on an extraordinary philosophical tour of an ordinary day as we wake up with Descartes' awareness of our own consciousness, go off to work with Weber's self-denial, play hooky with John Stuart Mill's passion for individual liberty, and end the day in a nice, warm bath with the Buddha's heightened consciousness of the moment. Who said philosophers aren't practical? -- Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates
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About Robert Rowland Smith

Robert Rowland Smith was for ten years a Prize Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and is a consultant, lecturer and writer on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis. He is a frequent contributor to the Independent and the Philosophy Bites podcast series, and features regularly on the radio discussing philosophy and our everyday lives.
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1,533 ratings
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4 27% (416)
3 42% (650)
2 14% (221)
1 4% (62)

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I have read this book and in my opinion its not bad.Having read better books I say this book is an average book.The author takes the long way to explain something and that something does not deserve that hype..which makes it uninteresting and boring along the more
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