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Breakfast with Socrates

The Philosophy of Everyday Life

Von Robert Rowland Smith
15 Minuten
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Breakfast with Socrates: The Philosophy of Everyday Life von Robert Rowland Smith

Breakfast with Socrates (2009) whips you through a normal day with commentary from history’s most venerated thinkers, explaining exactly how their major contributions to philosophy, psychology, sociology and theology impact your daily routine: wake up with Descartes, brace yourself for a world of Freudian conflict, and when you go to work, either submit to Marx’s wage slavery or embrace Weber’s work ethic. Argue with French feminists and then slip into a warm bath, bubbling in Buddha’s heightened consciousness. Finally, end the day by drifting away into Jung’s collective unconscious.

  • Anyone who loves asking big and small questions about the nature of our world
  • Anyone who wants to discover deeper, wiser ways to think about their everyday lives
  • Anyone who studied the great philosophers in college but needs a refresher course in their main ideas

Robert Rowland Smith is a former Oxford Philosophy Fellow who currently writes for the Independent and London Evening Standard. He has been featured in The Sunday Telegraph and Observer magazines, and on BBC Radio and the delightful Philosophy Bites podcast. Smith lives in London and regularly delivers lectures regarding the philosophy of everyday life.

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The Philosophy of Everyday Life

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Breakfast with Socrates (2009) whips you through a normal day with commentary from history’s most venerated thinkers, explaining exactly how their major contributions to philosophy, psychology, sociology and theology impact your daily routine: wake up with Descartes, brace yourself for a world of Freudian conflict, and when you go to work, either submit to Marx’s wage slavery or embrace Weber’s work ethic. Argue with French feminists and then slip into a warm bath, bubbling in Buddha’s heightened consciousness. Finally, end the day by drifting away into Jung’s collective unconscious.

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Philosophy arms you to make wise, practical decisions in a complex world.

Perhaps you’ve always thought that philosophy isn’t your cup of tea. Think again. Philosophy is not only about asking big questions like, “What is the meaning of life?” It’s about asking the right questions, big and small.

Philosophy is as concerned with “How much should I tip the waiter?” as it is with “Does God exist?” It’s about looking at the world around you and being able to make wise decisions throughout your everyday life.

In fact, the original Greek word “philosophia” literally means “love of wisdom.” Wisdom is the skill of assessing a complicated world and making sound judgments through reflection, i.e. asking the right questions in different situations.

Making wise decisions in your everyday life is philosophy.

A wise example in the real world: it would be wise to consider where, how and when your spinach was grown. Was it grown in a country that has had a recent salmonella outbreak? Were loads of fertilizer and pesticides used? When was it picked? How much longer will it be healthy to eat? These are questions a wise person asks to make a practical decision in the supermarket.

However, wisdom should not be confused with cleverness. Cleverness is primarily concerned with triumphing over one’s opponent in an argument. Sure, you may have won an argument with your partner, but would it have been wiser to walk away in the first place? Are you happier with winning or living peacefully?

Ultimately, you will be happier with philosophy in your life. Ask yourself the big questions sometimes, but ask the small questions always. Love wisdom. Practice reflection. Live philosophy.

Philosophy arms you to make wise, practical decisions in a complex world.

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