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. Jules imagines a dream school, which includes 12 of the greatest and most colourful thinkers the world has ever known. 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. Jules also explores how ancient philosophy is inspiring modern communities - Socratic cafes, Stoic armies, Platonic sects, Sceptic summer camps - and even whole nations in their quest for the good life.
A dynamic guide to philosophy for everyday life - using key ideas to live well and happily
"Instructive and thought-provoking...shows philosophy is not just for stuffy classrooms" Financial Times "This wonderful book shows how modern psychology is consistent with the best that was thought and known in the Ancient World...also beautifully written" Lord Richard Layard, author, Happiness: Lessons From A New Science "A revelation" -- Alexander Linklater Observer "Witty and accessible.Highly recommended." The Psychologist magazine "A brilliant and timely book." -- Tom Hodgkinson, Author Of How To Be Free
Jules Evans is Policy Director at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, where he runs the Well-Being Project. He has worked with organisations including the New Economics Foundation, the RSA, the School of Life and the Rockefeller Foundation on philosophy and well-being. He also writes for publications including the Spectator, The Times, the Wall Street Journal and Psychologies, and for his own blog,www.philosophyforlife.org. He is co-organiser of the London Philosophy Club, and the founder of www.thephilosophyhub.com, an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project to research and promote philosophy groups worldwide.