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.
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.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose