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A dynamic guide to philosophy for everyday life - using key ideas to live well and happily

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 our selves 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.


An important book, because it reminds us philosophy is not just about analysis. It's also about the good life.

Matthew Syed, Times books of the year

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

Hugely enjoyed Philosophy for Life. Am an avid fan of classical philosophy & this book applies it thoroughly & beautifully.

Derren Brown

It changed my life.

Adrian Edmondson

Witty and accessible…Highly recommended.

The Psychologist magazine

A brilliant and timely book.

Tom Hodgkinson, author of How to Be Free

Splendid, readable and engaging on philosophy as a way of life.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

A vibrant book, showing how vivid and topical ancient wisdom is to life in the present day.

Anthony Seldon, Headmaster, Wellington College

Great insight, honesty and humour

Louise Chunn, editor, Psychologies Magazine


Kristjan Kristjansson, author of Aristotle, Emotions and Education

Packed with wisdom yet up to date with the latest thinking

Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of 50 Philosophy Classics


Neil Denny, Little Atoms

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  • Paperback


    July 1, 2013


    304 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook


    May 3, 2012

    Ebury Digital

    304 pages

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