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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This book was a great read. It covers several of the great philosophers from Nietzsche, Jung, and Weber. The book demonstrates the importance philosophy plays in our everyday lives and how it can be used to improve living. Read full review

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

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I was told I was going to have breakfast with Socrates himself, no less, and it turned out I was taken instead to Golden Corral buffet for some mushy, greasy meal. I am disappointed in the book. This ... Read full review

Contents

waking Up
1
Getting ready
15
traveling to work
27
Being at work
37
Going to the Doctor
51
having Lunch with Your Parents
65
Playing hooky
77
shopping
89
taking a Bath
123
reading a Book
133
watching tV
147
cooking and eating Dinner
159
Going to a Party
171
arguing with Your Partner
181
having sex
193
afterword
219

Booking a holiday
99
Going to the Gym
111

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About the author (2010)

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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