Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life's Milestones

Author(s): Robert Rowland Smith


This is the follow-up to international phenomenon "Breakfast with Socrates". It has everything you'll need to know about history's greatest thinkers and on life's big moments. If life is meaningless as Sartre suggests, what is the point of being born? What does Freud have to say about losing one's virginity or Nietzsche about having a mid-life crisis? From birth to death (and beyond), the best brains in history have thought long and hard about the meaning behind the landmarks that shape our lives - and now acclaimed popular philosopher Robert Rowland Smith brings their genius together for the first time in this smart, witty and accessible journey through life's ups and downs. Drawing on philosophy, art, literature and psychology, "Driving with Plato" explores the real meaning of the hoops we all have to jump through. You'll hear from Aristotle on starting school, learn from St Paul about falling in love, and get tips from Cicero on becoming wise in your old age. Whether you are learning to drive or about to get married, "Driving with Plato" is certain to enlighten and entertain.


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'I am often asked to recommend a good introduction to philosophy - now I've discovered one... Smith's work is witty, inventive and intelligent' - THES

Robert Rowland Smith was for seven years a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where his work on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis was described by Jacques Derrida as 'superbe'. He now advises blue-chip companies and government departments, teaches at London's School of Life, and writes, among other things, a column on 'life lessons' in the Evening Standard and a regular column in the Sunday Times. He contributes to the Philosophy Bites podcast series and speaks regularly on BBC radio. His first book, Breakfast with Socrates 9781846682377 is also published by Profile and has been translated into sixteen languages.

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  • : 9781846683053
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : January 2011
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2011
  • : books

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