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Breakfast with Socrates - An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day (Hardcover) Loot Price: R274
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Breakfast with Socrates - An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day (Hardcover): Robert Rowland Smith

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Robert Rowland Smith

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Have breakfast with Socrates, go to work with Nietzsche, head to the gym with Foucault, then have sex with Ovid (or Simone de Beauvoir).

Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith whisks you through an ordinary day with history's most extraordinary thinkers, explaining what they might have to say about your routine. From waking up in the morning through traveling to work, shopping, eating, going to a party, falling asleep, and dreaming, Smith connects our most mundane habits to the wider world of ideas.

Start with waking up: What does it really mean to be awake? How do we know we're not still dreaming? Descartes argues that if you're able to doubt whether you're awake, you are at least thinking, and so you probably exist -- no small achievement for first thing in the morning. Or take going to the gym: As you toil on the treadmill, is your panting a sign of virtue or of vice, of healthy exertion or of unhealthy narcissism? Working out is a version of what Max Weber called the Protestant work ethic -- a kind of spiritual exercise, it also leads to worldly vanity.

With dry wit and marvelous invention, Smith draws on philosophy, literature, art, politics, and psychology to wake us up to a stunning range of ideas about how to live. Neither breakfast, lunch, nor dinner will ever be the same again.

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Imprint: Free Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2010
First published: March 2010
Authors: Robert Rowland Smith
Dimensions: 196 x 141 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Unsewn / adhesive bound / Paper over boards / With dust jacket
Pages: 237
ISBN-13: 978-1-4391-4867-9
Categories: Books > Humanities > Philosophy
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Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Western philosophy, c 500 to c 1600
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Western philosophy, c 500 to c 1600 > General
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LSN: 1-4391-4867-8
Barcode: 9781439148679

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