Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 9, 2010 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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Ever want to have a bagel with Hegel? Eggs with Bacon? Or spend a day with Socrates, Mill, Herodotus, or Kant, able to pick their brains about the most mundane moments of your life? Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith thought he would, and so with dry wit and marvelous invention, Smith whisks you through a typical day, injecting a little philosophy into it at every turn. Wake up with Descartes, go to work with Plato and Nietzsche, visit the gym with Kant, have sex with Ovid (or Simone de Beauvoir).

As the day unfolds, Smith grounds complex, abstract ideas in concrete experience, giving you an informal introduction to applying philosophy to everyday life. Not only does Breakfast with Socrates cover the basic arguments of philosophy, it brings an irresistible, insouciant charm to its big questions, waking us up to the richest possible range of ideas on how to live. Neither breakfast, lunch, nor dinner will ever be the same again.
 

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Review: Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day

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A thought provoking book that delves into the more practical aspects of philosophy and everyday matters in life. Philosophy encompass so much and so many complex thoughts and ideas it is often hard to ... Read full review

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This book steps you through your day in chapters - waking, dressing, eating, etc. - and discusses various philosophers' ideas about that part of the day. I can honestly say that I did not remember a ... Read full review

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Robert spent the first part of his career as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and the second as a partner in a leading firm of management consultants.He has written for The Independent, been profiled in The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, contributed to books on philosophy for children, and broadcast for BBC Radio. Robert now divides his time between consulting, writing, and giving talks about the philosophy of life. He lives in London with his wife and has three daughters.

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