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Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day (Anglais) Broché – 15 mars 2011

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What is the philosophy of sweat? Reality TV? Domestic warfare? Making up and having sex? Take a sparkling ride through an ordinary day with hilarious philosophical gadfly Robert Rowland Smith in Breakfast with Socrates.

Ever want to have a bagel with Hegel? Eggs with Bacon? Or spend a day with Socrates, Mill, Herodotus, or Kant, able to pick their brains about the most mundane moments of your life? Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith thought he would, and so with dry wit and marvelous invention, Smith whisks you through a typical day, injecting a little philosophy into it at every turn. Wake up with Descartes, go to work with Plato and Nietzsche, visit the gym with Kant, have sex with Ovid (or Simone de Beauvoir).

As the day unfolds, Smith grounds complex, abstract ideas in concrete experience, giving you an informal introduction to applying philosophy to everyday life. Not only does Breakfast with Socrates cover the basic arguments of philosophy, it brings an irresistible, insouciant charm to its big questions, waking us up to the richest possible range of ideas on how to live. Neither breakfast, lunch, nor dinner will ever be the same again.

Biographie de l'auteur

Robert spent the first part of his career as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and the second as a partner in a leading firm of management consultants.He has written for The Independent, been profiled in The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, contributed to books on philosophy for children, and broadcast for BBC Radio. Robert now divides his time between consulting, writing, and giving talks about the philosophy of life. He lives in London with his wife and has three daughters.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 one point deducted for Bush Bashing 12 février 2014
Par LaramieJoe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Good read, possibly even great, but these guys cannot seem to help themselves: I do wish Smith had avoided Bush Bashing and the Obama Exhaltation. After all, Smith was wrong: Bush didn't invent "my fellow Americans." In fact, another liberal did: Lyndon Johnson. So, there.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting and Approachable 23 juillet 2016
Par ElleOh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Great book - I've recommended it to four people and they all thought it was a slow, tedious read. I thought it was a gripping page turner! I suppose it depends on whether or not you like philosophy. The book does slow down and lose some speed around chapter seven but overall it makes philosophy digestible for the layman.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Examination of Everyday Life 18 décembre 2012
Par Greg Linster - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Robert Rowland Smith encourages us to pause and reflect on the seemingly mundane day-to-day tasks that make up our waking lives. He reminds us that we spend such a small percentage of time on vacation, yet for many people there life is really only lived from one weekend (or vacation) to the next. The book covers everything from waking up in the morning and realizing that you are conscious to the philosophy of having sex. This book shook up my perspective on things and will help you appreciate all the beauty in day-to-day life.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 popularizer 28 juin 2011
Par Salpi Vartivarian - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was really happy to come across this book. It belongs to that nascent genre of "popular philosophy" (which counts Alain de Botton among its ranks, as was mentioned in another review). I am just getting into this genre and finding that it fills a gaping hole in my life.

I started my career in philosophy at UC Berkeley, where I undertook the most challenging courses (focusing on phenomenology), devoted every waking hour to the pursuit of wisdom, and left sorely disappointed in 2008 with a Bachelor's and a crushed spirit (and a 3.8 GPA). Since then I have more or less abandoned philosophy and turned to Linguistics. My philosophy education succeeded in communicating to me the futility and irrelevance (and I'm being polite) of professional philosophy (so much so that elsewhere I claim, grudgingly, and with some tongue in cheek, that my central interest in Linguistics lies in "Relevance Theory").

R. R. Smith is witty, erudite, but above all conversational. He heartily makes allusions to the Great Thinkers (not just to the philosophers of the Oxford canon, and indeed, not just to philosophers). He borrows insights from Nietzsche, Bourdieu, Montaigne, and Lacan, to give a very select sampling. The (slightly self-congratulatory, but forgivable) index gives some indication of this. His vocabulary is equally impressive. I disagree with one of the earlier reviews (by the so-called "English major") that this was a hard read. On the contrary, it was quite an easy read, with a very natural tone. Smith has a solid grasp on his subject matter and one can sense his authority shining through. It's coherent, well-conceived, and well-executed. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in record time. Admittedly, It's not written from the heart of a tortured soul, and can be a bit formulaic, but it's nonfiction after all.

(One small gripe: there was entirely too much (casual) talk about sex, which I guess is a peculiarly British (European?) fault.)

Final word: If the book's overarching aim was to bring philosophy to the people (and everything points to this), then it succeeds gloriously. (minus the sex part). It appeals to a wide audience (basically anyone with an interest in ideas), brings philosophy down to earth, and displays a sophisticated and deep style of thinking on everyday matters which ought to be everyone's "ordinary" style of thinking (it is certainly mine).
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very funny perspective on day to day life 8 septembre 2016
Par Alex B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very funny perspective on day to day life. Great read when you have time to kill, on a plane or train when you are bored.
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