The Consolations of Philosophy Book Summary and Study Guide

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A light introduction to some of history's great thinkers. The life and times of six philosophers are related to the modern condition. Did their philosophy make them better people and help them live wisely? In some cases. Whether or not it will help the reader is a matter for the reader's judgement, and well worth the effort of finding out.
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Socrates offers us consolations for unpopularity; Epicurus, consolations for poverty; Seneca, (poor fellow) consolations for injustice. Montaigne offers a bouillabaisse of sociological obiter dicta; Schopenhauer offers consolations for unrequited love. Nietzsche, I don't know what he offers, so you can safely skip that chapter: there's no need to stuff your head with the contents of a dirtbag. It's a pity there is no Descartes or proper British empiricism in here, but it is a fun book.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   philosopher Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   not employed but independently wealthy Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   Greek


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Greece    -   Germany City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   prison    -   resort/hotel Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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