Philosophy for Life: And Other Dangerous Situations
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 ch...more
The Tao of Pooh - by Benjamin Hoff
The Antidote - by Oliver Burkeman
The Power of Now - by Eckhart Tolle
Awaken the Giant Within - by Anthony Robbins
Deep Work ...more
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
-Self-development is about more than just reading a few books (or blinks) on the topic. Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers show us it is a way of life – a daily practice – which involves asking the difficult questions of how we should live, both as individuals and as a society.
Keep a journal of your own behavior, updating it every evening.
When you wa ...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
Evans te ...more
The author tells in the first few pages that his life was saved due to this but what he essentially got was a few CBT techniques to deal with his anxiety. I wouldn't call that a philosophy of life.
Moreover, in the end he reveals that he had a near death experience which caused him to reconsider his life choices and gave him a clear pers ...more
Evans argues all the Greek schools of thought follows the same first 3 steps in accordance with the Socratic model for living the good life:
1. We can know ourselves
2. We can change ourselves ...more
Positives / Core takeaways and quotes...
1 - Socrates and Street Philosophy
In my college humanities courses, I studied a little bit about philosophy. I learned the names of important philosophers, and to summarize their teachings, and in some cases, I learned how those philosophers influenced the literature and politics of their time, or were influenced by them. As far as I remember, I didn't learn that philosophy could be a tool for improving myself and my life in college. That, I learned on my own.
About five years ago, a post on Boing Boing, of all places, led me on ...more
This is a great book to introduce one to a lot of different philosophers and ideas. That's because it is written with the clarity that only a journalist can bring to bear on a subject like this. True to form, there are also plenty of real-life pe ...more
Indeed, it is because we have forgotten much of this a ...more
It's also very Greco-centric, that is, it's entirely based around a smattering of ancient Greek philosophers, completely ignoring the huge array of philosophies and philosophers from other places and locales.
He also does ...more
My only grip is the "lens of extroversion" in which he writes and interprets these philosophers. I am tired of hearing I need others to r ...more
The best part about this work is the fact that he interviews and does research on people who are trying to apply these philosophies to their real lives. I have read a lot of the primary texts of western philosophy, but reading this made me aware ...more
It showcases the various philosophies for living a practical life, and exemplifies them beautifully. But it fails to give us much practical suggestions or tricks to use those philosophies in our lives.
This is where, I guess, the ...more
Jules Evans manages to get his thoughts, ideas and information to the reader in a manner that doesn't so much "grip" you, but invites you into the conversation. The book covers many topics from ancient philosophy and how they apply, or don't apply, to our lives and world ...more
I particularly enjoyed the way Jules managed to simultane ...more
He's written on philosophy and psychology for the Financial Times, Wired, The Times, Spectator, Prospect, The Observer, Psychologies and others; presented ...more