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Jules’ book saved my life’. He reminds us philosophy is not just about analysis. It’s also about the good life.

Jules’ book saved my life’. It’s had a huge influence on contemporary spirituality, and was the incubator for everything from ecstatic dance to Authentic Relating to holotropic breathwork.

Jules Evans writes for publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London, gives popular talks on practical philosophy, and runs the Well-Being Project at Queen Mary, University of London. Start reading Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

About Jules Evans: Jules is policy director at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, at Queen Mary, University of London. His first book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, looks at how ancient philosophy is used by people today, and how it directly Jules is policy director at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, at Queen Mary, University of London.

Jules Evans is a writer, journalist and blogger who also runs the Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of. .Philosophy for Life has been published in 19 countries and was selected as a Times book of the year 2013.

Jules Evans is a writer, journalist and blogger who also runs the Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of London. He is also the head of the London Philosophy Club, the biggest philosophy club in the world. Key idea 1 of 9. Ancient philosophy and the modern science of happiness use many of the same principles. Ancient wisdom is being revived and integrated into our modern knowledge of psychology. Indeed, much of the modern science of happiness is inspired by Greek and Roman philosophy.

In his engaging book, Jules Evans explains how ancient philosophy saved his life, and how we can all . Jules imagines a dream school, which includes 12 of the greatest and most colourful thinkers the world has ever known.

In his engaging book, Jules Evans explains how ancient philosophy saved his life, and how we can all use it to become happier, wiser and more resilient. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives. These practical techniques are illustrated by the extraordinary stories of real people who are using them today - from marines to magicians, from astronauts to anarchists and from CBT psychologists to soldiers. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives

The best books on Ancient Philosophy for Modern Life. recommended by Jules Evans. For many, ancient philosophy seems to be something which is completely removed from modern life.

The best books on Ancient Philosophy for Modern Life. Philosophy for Life by Jules Evans. The human condition has not changed down the millennia, so it's no surprise that ancient philosophy has much to teach us about how to live our lives, argues Jules Evans. He picks the best books about ancient philosophy in modern life. What first got you interested in the ancient philosophers? I got into philosophy through cognitive therapy.

When philosophy rescued him from an emotional crisis, Jules Evans .

When philosophy rescued him from an emotional crisis, Jules Evans became fascinated by how ideas invented over two thousand years ago can help us today. He interviewed soldiers, psychologists, gangsters, astronauts, and anarchists and discovered the ways that people are using philosophy now to build better lives. This book is an invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes twelve of the greatest philosophers from the ancient world, sharing their lessons on happiness, resilience, and much more. Lively and inspiring, this is philosophy for the street, for the workplace, for the battlefield, for love, for life. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

This book rates high for both an engaging, easy writing style, and serious content of some depth. As the Epicureans (if not the Hedonists) might have noted with approval, it was a pleasure to read. The pantheon of ancient western philosophers have provided a wide range of enduring insights that we contemporary mortals should incorporate into our lives in order to live better and wiser. Some of the many ideas put forth are the following (with, in most cases, a separate chapter for explicating the concept):

-- from Epictetus: the importance of distinguishing between what is and is not under our control in life.

-- from the Stoics: the importance of physical and mental training and discipline.

-- from Epicurus, the importance of savoring the moment, and simplifying one's wants and needs.

-- from Heraclitus, the idea of 'cosmic contemplation', seeing the big picture, taking the long view of things.

-- from Pythagoras, the value of mottos, maxims, and their applicability as a kind of "psychological first aid kit."

-- from the Skeptics, the skill of cultivating a healthy doubt, and avoiding dogma, hero-worship, and over-reaction.

-- from Diogenes, tolerating and celebrating creative anarchy.

-- from Plato, the folly of Utopian schemes.

-- from Plutarch, cultivating heroic (resilient) role models.

-- from Aristotle, the cultivation of character through the practice of virtue; the definition of the good life and the art of flourishing.

-- from Socrates and others, courage and celebration in meeting the end of one's life.

The author has done considerable travel and research to search out many places around the globe and on the web where "ordinary" people are actively discussing philosophical ideas and striving to employ these concepts toward the betterment of self and community. I enjoyed William Irvine's book, "A Guide to the Good Life", on modern applications of the ancient Stoics a great deal; this book is even more satisfying because it discusses many classical schools of philosophy in addition to Stoicism.
Evans does a wonderful job of explaining many different philosophical ideas from ancient Stoicism to modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and shows how they are relevant today. He's clearly at the forefront of the philosophical revival and folds in the latest thinking about cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and modern philosophy to show how ancient concepts are still relevant today and how they can improve your understanding of the world and your quality of life.

This is the first book I've ever read twice in a row. As soon as I finished it, I started over and still got a lot out of it the second time through. There are not many books you can say that about! I found myself wishing the book was twice as long because the topics are so fresh and interesting. I was disappointed when I reached a chapter end because each section was so enjoyable to read and then contemplate.

I hope there is a follow-up book coming soon.
This is my first review ever on Amazon, but I felt compelled to write because I enjoyed this book so much. Evans has really succeeded in presenting ancient philosophy as something accessible and useful to us all. Philosophy has this stuffy, pompous connotation to it, but after reading this book I felt as if a whole different world had opened right before me. As a business major, I consider this the philosophy class I never had. Evans also has a fairly positive attitude about humans and our ability to be resilient and change ourselves, which I found personally uplifting. Overall, an educational, inspiring book that I will refer back to for years to come. Hope he writes another one soon!
So often I think we feel like we're going through life on our own. That the issues and troubles we face are unique to us. But that's not really the case. Philosophers have been asking life's questions for millenia, and many of their answers can help us in the modern world today. I enjoyed Jules Evans book. He presents an interesting juxtaposition between the knowledge of the ancients, and the knowledge of the RIght Now. I highly recommend this book for an introduction to greek philosophy, as well as a self-help manual for the modern age.
Thank you Mr. Evans for expertly weaving together the essence of great thinkers, historical and modern, along with some of your own insights and life experience. Perhaps beliefs and ideas are most useful when they are treated like clothes .... Tried on for a period of time and then taken off, run through the laundry and then taken out again at an appropriate occasion. Or perhaps a better analogy is that they are like lenses ... Some help see far away, some magnify the unseen microscopic world, and some just help bring what is before us into better focus.

Your writing has provided an excellent framework for exploring some of the most critical themes in life. If philosophy can be seen as a type of a medicine for the soul, then this book has tremendous healing potential. For sure I will keep this as a go to reference source as I continue to reflect upon what you have shared.
It was tough to decide between a 4 and 5 star rating. The overall material is excellent, but the book contains too many references to the author's website and some of it reads like a sales pitch for his methods. Still, there's definitely some "meat" here and it's far from being one of those self-published books that contains nothing but links to more stuff by the author. He is one of the pioneers in his field, at least in the UK.
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