“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” René Descartes
I have always thought that philosophy should be something inherently practical, something directly applicable to our daily lives. And yet, it is widely regarded as dry, unnecessarily academic, and disconnected from the problems of everyday life.
This book is my attempt to dispel that fuddy-duddy image once and for all by showing you just what we stand to gain in the present from delving into our rich philosophical past.
For thousands of years, philosophers and intellectuals have pondered, developed, and refined what it means to live well. It is an incredible wealth of material, and in the chapters of this book we will be conversing with the best of the best as we draw on all that collected wisdom about life to think about principles we can put into action here and now.
All in all, it is an unparalleled opportunity for us to take bold steps in examining the way we think and the way in which we lead our lives more closely than ever before.
Think of it as a sort of handbook to living well, if you like, specifically designed to give you the stimulus you need to make your own conclusions about what it means to live well.
Thank you for reading – and remember, live well and live smart!