Philosophy for Life: And Other Dangerous Situations
The author writes from a position of having overcome depression and despair through finding life-meaning in philosophy, however at the conclusion of the book (view spoiler)[he explains that this was in fact preempted by a near-death experience (white light, the whole shebang) in which he became convinced that we are indeed something greater than our emb...more
Jules has written a superb introduction to practical philosophy. This book is perhaps quite unique, although it’s written in a very accessible style. I think I read it in the space of 2-3 days. It introduces the reader to a range of classical philosophical ways of life, by means of many anecdotes and examples that paint a vivid picture of how modern followers of these philosophies make use of them in coping with adversity and living meaningful and satisfying lives. Jules begins with three chapte...more
Socrates - Headmaster of School of Athens
Epictetus - Stoics, some things are up to us, and others are not
Epicurus - materialist
Plato / Pythagoras - believed in reincarnation
Heraclitus - believed in a cosmic intelligence made of fire
Jules Evans applies many of the ideas being discussed to real world examples and this goes a long way towards showing how a philosopher who lived thousands of years ago can be relevant to one's life and their pursuit of a good life.
I liked the format of the book. I liked it generally but I didn't like the author imparting a bit of bias on some of the philosophies.
He's written on philosophy and psychology for the Financial Times, Wired, The Times, Spectator, Prospect, The Observer, Psychologies and others; presented...more