Life: A User's Manual

Life: A User's Manual : Life Advice from the Great Philosophers to Get You Through

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How should I live?
What is my purpose?
Can I find happiness?

Ever felt as though life would be simpler if it came with an instruction manual? There are no easy answers to the big questions. And life does not follow a straight path from A to B.

Since the beginning of time, people have asked questions about how they should live and, from Ancient Greece to Japan, philosophers have attempted to solve these questions for us. The timeless wisdom that they offer can help us to find our own path. In this insightful, engaging book, renowned existential psychotherapist and philosophical counsellor Antonia Macaro and bestselling philosopher Julian Baggini cover topics such as bereavement, luck, free will and relationships, and guide us through what the greatest thinkers to ever walk the earth have to say on these subjects, from the Stoics to Sartre.

Discover advice from the world's greatest thinkers on questions like:
Is there a right way to grieve?
What is free will?
How can we learn from past mistakes?
Do we make our own luck?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 26mm | 291g
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781529104530

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As we all know, life doesn't come with an instruction manual. But Baggini's and Macaro's book, building on the wisdom of thousands of years of philosophy, comes pretty close to it.
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An absolute joy ... This fascinating book is as close as you'll get to hiring history's wisest minds as your personal life advisers * Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking * An inspired navigation tool for the maze of existence * Robin Ince, author of I'm a Joke and So Are You: Reflections on Humour and Humanity * As we all know, life doesn't come with an instruction manual. But Baggini's and Macaro's book, building on the wisdom of thousands of years of philosophy, comes pretty close to it. * Massimo Pigliucci, author of The Stoic Guide to a Happy Life *
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About Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini (Author)
Julian Baggini's books include A Short History of Truth, How the World Thinks, Freedom Regained, The Ego Trick, What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and the best-selling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He was the co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine.

Antonia Macaro (Author)
Antonia Macaro is an existential psychotherapist, author of More than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age, Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy and co-author of The Shrink and the Sage. She has many years' clinical experience in the field of addictive behaviours. Antonia has a degree in Oriental Studies and an MA in Philosophy, and was part of the UK's philosophical counselling movement from its early days.
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