Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day

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Product Details

Price
$16.99
Publisher
Free Press
Publish Date
March 15, 2011
Pages
256
Dimensions
4.99 X 0.68 X 7.47 inches | 0.38 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439148686
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About the Author

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.

Reviews

"Robert Rowland Smith takes the reader into a worm hole of psychology, sociology and theology to show us the hidden meanings in our daily lives. A thoughtful and continuously entertaining picture of human behavior. A filling mental meal that should leave you delightfully satisfied."

--WIRED
"The author is genuinely good at making connections between important ideas and lived experience, and successful in showing that philosophy can be a vehicle for making the trivialities of life more meaningful (and hence more bearable) than they otherwise might be."

--Booklist
"What makes Smith’s book genius isn’t just the ability to lay out an interesting, eloquent, and relevant piece of work – which he does. The kicker for “Breakfast with Socrates” is that it’s just plain funny."

--The Christian Science Monitor
"Rowland Smith supposes his reader is his social and intellectual equal who just happens not to have studied the discipline he did. Taking an aspect of daily life in each chapter - getting out of bed, going to work - he explains key concepts in a way that is amusing and enlightening. He doesn't apply the concepts for his readers but allows them to draw their own conclusions."

--The Australian
"Joyously wise."

--Church Times
"Philosophy made accessible and applied to the quotidian...manages to be funny without underestimating the reader."

--The Financial Times
"I am often asked to recommend a good introduction to philosophy - now I've discovered one. There are plenty of books but mostly they're either the 'wrong kind' of philosophy or they are terribly written. Smith's work is witty, inventive and intelligent - Carl Schmitt on arguing with your partner, Jacques Derrida on booking a holiday - and brilliantly shows how grounded High Theory really is."

--Times Higher Education Supplement
."..a very knowledgeable and affable guide."""

--Bookbag
"Smith does not argue for one idea over another but applies the theories in an interesting and sometimes lighthearted manner...The author's accessible writing style and presentation will make this book appealing to readers with a general interest in philosophy or those looking to add some humor and meaning to the ordinary events in their lives."

--Library Journal


"What makes Smith's book genius isn't just the ability to lay out an interesting, eloquent, and relevant piece of work - which he does. The kicker for "Breakfast with Socrates" is that it's just plain funny."

--The Christian Science Monitor
"This charming book wears its erudition with ease and suggests that despite what Socrates says, it is in fact the unexamined day that is not worth living."

--Publisher's Weekly