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Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations

Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
October, 2013
ISBN:
9781608682294
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Before they were the stuff of dry college courses, the twelve thinkers showcased here were radical, sometimes persecuted, thought pioneers. They also meant their work to be useful, rather than theoretical. As a college student plagued by panic attacks and depression, Jules Evans found a powerful kind of self-help in the ancients. They saved his life and prompted his five-year journey to find how others were currently using classical philosophy. Along the way he met the founders of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), who have turned ancient thought into the evidence-based science used by millions of therapists today. He speaks with the director of the U.S. Army's new resilience program, which uses techniques from philosophy to help build inner strength. From anarchists to astronauts, Skeptic summer camps to Stoic conferences to Cynic occupations, he travels to modern philosophical communities built around millennia-old ideas (Epicurean communes, even a Platonic sect whose members include the actor Hugh Jackman), finding living lessons in happiness, fortitude, and fulfillment, at work and at home, for self and community, in love and loss.

Along the way he shows how the idea of ancient philosophy as an alternative to organized religion is taking hold, and why philosophy clubs are on the rise (over 1,000 of them on MeetUp.com).

This book is my dream school, my ideal curriculum, my attempt to render what it would be like to get a day-pass to the School of Athens.

Evans's book is an invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes twelve of the greatest and most colorful philosophers the world has known: Socrates, Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Seneca, Epicurus, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Diogenes, Plato, Plutarch, the Skeptics, and Aristotle. It shares their lessons on happiness, resilience, and much more. Lively and inspiring, this is philosophy for the street, for the workbench, the office, the battlefield, the bedroom… for love, for life.

Publisher’s Description: 

Before they were the stuff of dry college courses, the twelve thinkers showcased here were radical, sometimes persecuted, thought pioneers. They also meant their work to be useful, rather than theoretical. As a college student plagued by panic attacks and depression, Jules Evans found a powerful kind of self-help in the ancients. They saved his life" and prompted his five-year journey to find how others were currently using classical philosophy. Along the way he met the foundersof Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), who have turned ancient thought into the evidence-based science used by millions of therapists today. He speaks with the director of the U.S. Army's new resilience program, which employs ancient techniques to help build inner strength. From anarchists to astronauts, Skeptic summer camps to Stoic conferences, he finds living lessons in happiness, fortitude, and fulfillment, at work and at home, for self and community, in love and loss.

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