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Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life's Milestonesby Robert Rowland Smith
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andlt;bandgt;and#8220;This book is elegant proof that philosophy doesnand#8217;t have to be fusty and mustyand#8221; (A.J. Jacobs, bestselling author of andlt;iandgt;The Year of Living Biblicallyandlt;/iandgt;).andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Learn to ride a bicycle with Einstein, have your first kiss with Kant, get your first job with Adam Smith, and weather midlife with Dante. Let historyand#8217;s greatest minds illuminate lifeand#8217;s turning points. In andlt;iandgt;Breakfast with Socratesandlt;/iandgt;, Robert Rowland Smith brought the power of philosophy down to earth by proving, in a very engaging and entertaining way, that human moments meet big ideas on a regular basis. Now Smith offers the natural offspring of that book, expanding the and#8220;day in a lifeand#8221; concept to life as a whole in andlt;iandgt;Driving with Platoandlt;/iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Smith draws on the great philosophers, as well as on literature, art, politics, and psychology, creating the richest possible range of ideas for readers to contemplate, all in a warm, humorous voice that revels both in lifeand#8217;s absurdities and in the pure delight of discovery. Grounding abstract ideas in concrete experience, andlt;iandgt;Driving with Platoandlt;/iandgt; helps us think more deeply about the key events in our lives even as it provides a philosophical education that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.
What if you could have your first kiss again, but this time see it through the eyes of Shakespeare? Or learn to ride a bicycle with Einstein? Or take your driving test with Jack Kerouac? In Driving with Plato, former Oxford don Robert Rowland Smith lets historys greatest minds illuminate our defining moments. Following his highly acclaimed Breakfast with Socrates, which walked through a single day in the company of thinkers from Aristotle to Arendt, he expands the “day in a life” concept to lifes major milestones.
Start with being born. For some, like Sartre, you get off to a bad start: You didnt ask to be born, and unless you act, life remains meaningless. And yet for Heidegger, if you hadnt been born, youd have no sense of your own being, and that would be a tragic loss. How about midlife crisis? When Dante wrote The Divine Comedy, he deliberately set his story midway through lifes journey, and it led to spiritual transformation. As for falling in love, is there always a chance, as suggested by Roland Barthes, that were playacting? In a warm, humorous voice that revels both in lifes absurdities and in the pure delight of discovery, Smith grounds abstract ideas in concrete experience. Driving with Plato helps us think more deeply about the key events in our lives even as it provides us with a philosophical education.
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 andlt;iandgt;The Independent,andlt;/iandgt; been profiled in andlt;iandgt;The Sunday Telegraph Magazineandlt;/iandgt;, 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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