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by Robert Rowland Smith

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  • ISBN 1439148686
  • ISBN13 978-1439148686
  • Language English
  • Author Robert Rowland Smith
  • Publisher Free Press (March 15, 2011)
  • Pages 256
  • Formats docx lrf mbr lit
  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Philosophy
  • Size ePub 1222 kb
  • Size Fb2 1627 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 183

What is the philosophy of sweat? Reality TV? Domestic warfare? Making up and having sex? Take a sparkling ride through an ordinary day with hilarious philosophical gadfly Robert Rowland Smith in Breakfast with Socrates.Ever want to have a bagel with Hegel? Eggs with Bacon? Or spend a day with Socrates, Mill, Herodotus, or Kant, able to pick their brains about the most mundane moments of your life? Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith thought he would, and so with dry wit and marvelous invention, Smith whisks you through a typical day, injecting a little philosophy into it at every turn. Wake up with Descartes, go to work with Plato and Nietzsche, visit the gym with Kant, have sex with Ovid (or Simone de Beauvoir). As the day unfolds, Smith grounds complex, abstract ideas in concrete experience, giving you an informal introduction to applying philosophy to everyday life. Not only does Breakfast with Socrates cover the basic arguments of philosophy, it brings an irresistible, insouciant charm to its big questions, waking us up to the richest possible range of ideas on how to live. Neither breakfast, lunch, nor dinner will ever be the same again.

Take a sparkling ride through an ordinary day with hilarious philosophical gadfly Robert Rowland Smith in Breakfast with Socrates "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.

Take a sparkling ride through an ordinary day with hilarious philosophical gadfly Robert Rowland Smith in Breakfast with Socrates. Ever want to have a bagel with Hegel? Eggs with Bacon? Or spend a day with Socrates. 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.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Not only does Breakfast with Socrates cover the basic arguments of philosophy, it brings an irresistible, insouciant charm to its big questions, waking us up to the richest possible range of ideas on how to live. Neither breakfast, lunch, nor dinner will ever be the same again. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Free PressReleased: Mar 9, 2010ISBN: 9781439171882Format: book.

Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith thought he would, and so with dry wit and marvelous invention .

Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith thought he would, and so with dry wit and marvelous invention, Smith whisks you through a typical day, injecting a little philosophy into it at every turn. Wake up with Descartes, go to work with Plato and Nietzsche, visit the gym with Kant, have sex with Ovid (or Simone de Beauvoir). As the day unfolds, Smith grounds complex, abstract ideas in concrete experience, giving you an informal introduction to applying philosophy to everyday life.

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

Take a sparkling ride through an ordinary day with hilarious philosophical gadfly Robert Rowland Smith in Breakfast with Socrates.

Robert Rowland Smith. Introduction - Waking up - Getting ready - Travelling to work - Being at work - Going to the doctor - Having lunch with your parents - Bunking off - Shopping - Booking a holiday - Going to the gym - Taking a bath - Reading a book - Watching. TV - Cooking and eating dinner - Going to a party - Arguing with your partner - Having sex - Falling asleep and dreaming.

Breakfast With Socrates is an attempt to illuminate daily life by means of philosophy and . A strong vein of intellectualised humbug runs through this book.

Breakfast With Socrates is an attempt to illuminate daily life by means of philosophy and philosophy by means of daily life. I do not think it is at all successful. In a brief discussion of Hegel, Rowland Smith writes: "It would be far easier to mock Hegel's interpretation of history if it hadn'. rovided grist to the Nazi mill. When he writes of Nietzsche, however, he fails to mention that he was the Nazis' favourite philosopher, perhaps because one of his own intellectual heroes, Foucault, was a Nietzschean; nor does he mention that Hegel was much more an intellectual progenitor of Marxism than of Nazism.

Former Oxford Philosophy Fellow Robert Rowland Smith whisks you through an ordinary day with history’s most extraordinary thinkers . Robert Rowland Smith - Breakfast with Socrates.

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. jpg 3. 5 KBs.

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Dagdarad
Robert Rowland Smith encourages us to pause and reflect on the seemingly mundane day-to-day tasks that make up our waking lives. He reminds us that we spend such a small percentage of time on vacation, yet for many people there life is really only lived from one weekend (or vacation) to the next. The book covers everything from waking up in the morning and realizing that you are conscious to the philosophy of having sex. This book shook up my perspective on things and will help you appreciate all the beauty in day-to-day life.
Fenrikree
Great book - I've recommended it to four people and they all thought it was a slow, tedious read. I thought it was a gripping page turner! I suppose it depends on whether or not you like philosophy. The book does slow down and lose some speed around chapter seven but overall it makes philosophy digestible for the layman.
Narder
I was really happy to come across this book. It belongs to that nascent genre of "popular philosophy" (which counts Alain de Botton among its ranks, as was mentioned in another review). I am just getting into this genre and finding that it fills a gaping hole in my life.

I started my career in philosophy at UC Berkeley, where I undertook the most challenging courses (focusing on phenomenology), devoted every waking hour to the pursuit of wisdom, and left sorely disappointed in 2008 with a Bachelor's and a crushed spirit (and a 3.8 GPA). Since then I have more or less abandoned philosophy and turned to Linguistics. My philosophy education succeeded in communicating to me the futility and irrelevance (and I'm being polite) of professional philosophy (so much so that elsewhere I claim, grudgingly, and with some tongue in cheek, that my central interest in Linguistics lies in "Relevance Theory").

R. R. Smith is witty, erudite, but above all conversational. He heartily makes allusions to the Great Thinkers (not just to the philosophers of the Oxford canon, and indeed, not just to philosophers). He borrows insights from Nietzsche, Bourdieu, Montaigne, and Lacan, to give a very select sampling. The (slightly self-congratulatory, but forgivable) index gives some indication of this. His vocabulary is equally impressive. I disagree with one of the earlier reviews (by the so-called "English major") that this was a hard read. On the contrary, it was quite an easy read, with a very natural tone. Smith has a solid grasp on his subject matter and one can sense his authority shining through. It's coherent, well-conceived, and well-executed. I couldn't put it down, and finished it in record time. Admittedly, It's not written from the heart of a tortured soul, and can be a bit formulaic, but it's nonfiction after all.

(One small gripe: there was entirely too much (casual) talk about sex, which I guess is a peculiarly British (European?) fault.)

Final word: If the book's overarching aim was to bring philosophy to the people (and everything points to this), then it succeeds gloriously. (minus the sex part). It appeals to a wide audience (basically anyone with an interest in ideas), brings philosophy down to earth, and displays a sophisticated and deep style of thinking on everyday matters which ought to be everyone's "ordinary" style of thinking (it is certainly mine).
Kazimi
I was told that I would like this book. It is interesting, fun, and insightful.
Xurad
This book is a really fun read! I found philosophy to be a bit boring in my college days, but the way the author presents a practical jaunt through one's day from the perspectives of various schools of thought makes for an interesting journey into the world of the philosophers, via our very own mundane travels/travails in daily living.

As a matter of fact, if anyone out there has difficulty understanding the "great" philosophers, this book would provide an excellent crash course in basic philosophical genres. Read it and learn.
Gna
The idea is great: examine common, even mundane aspects of your life through a philosophical lens. I feel the chapters (topics) are well chosen, and widely applicable. However, often the author chooses to rely on artists, and other (as another review so well put) non-traditional philosophers--even when there are perfectly good philosophical debates on the subject.

I feel the book is strongest when it relates, in relatively friendly terms, philospher's ideas to everyday life. However, often the chapters ramble--to the point where about the last half of the chapter is either redundant or off-topic. Given that some chapters don't even start off with a philosopher's ideas, a rather large portion of the book is filled with only slightly thought-provoking, and certainly not rigorous, discussion.

While I understand the book is meant for pleasure and not study, I think the author went too far--if the book had been a bit more rooted in philosophical theories, and had discussed counterarguments and differing views better, it would have easily been a 5 star book.
Geny
Saw this book in a catalog and the blurb made it sound interesting. I bought it and wasn't disappointed. Bought another as birthday gift. It is witty, intelligent and erudite.
i absolutely love it, intelligent, with great ideas and a wonderful read!