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Driving With Plato

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Driving With Plato

The Meaning of Life's Milestones

Robert Rowland Smith

Everything you'll need to know about history's greatest thinkers on life's big moments

eBook (ePUB/MOBI)?
9781847654236 (13 Jan 2011)

About the book

If life is meaningless as Sartre suggests, what is the point of being born? What does Freud have to say about losing one's virginity or Nietzsche about having a mid-life crisis? From birth to death (and beyond), the best brains in history have thought long and hard about the meaning behind the landmarks that shape our lives - and now acclaimed popular philosopher Robert Rowland Smith brings their genius together for the first time in this smart, witty and accessible journey through life's ups and downs.

Drawing on philosophy, art, literature and psychology, Driving with Plato explores the real meaning of the hoops we all have to jump through. You'll hear from Aristotle on starting school, learn from St Paul about falling in love, and get tips from Cicero on becoming wise in your old age. Whether you are learning to drive or about to get married, Driving with Plato is certain to enlighten and entertain.

About the author

Robert Rowland Smith was for seven years a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where his work on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis was described by Jacques Derrida as 'superbe'. He now advises blue-chip companies and government departments, teaches at London's School of Life, and writes, among other things, a column on 'life lessons' in the Evening Standard and a regular column in the Sunday Times. He contributes to the Philosophy Bites podcast series and speaks regularly on BBC radio. His first book, Breakfast with Socrates [9781846682377] is also published by Profile and has been translated into sixteen languages.


I am often asked to recommend a good introduction to philosophy - now I've discovered one ... Smith's work is witty, inventive and intelligent


I'll never drive the same way again. Or have a midlife crisis the same way again, for that matter. This book is elegant proof that philosophy doesn't have to be fusty and musty.

- A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

Take a seat and become thoroughly absorbed in this fascinating journey. Great stuff.

- Frank Furedi

...fascinating and deeply impressive book.

- Daily Mail

...not only will this book entertain you, educate you and amuse you, it may very well help you stay younger...

- Bookbag

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Subject: Philosophy & Ideas