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Breakfast with Socrates

The Philosophy of Everyday Life

By Robert Rowland Smith
15-minute read
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Breakfast with Socrates: The Philosophy of Everyday Life by 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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