The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers
There are so many reasons to love this book; the author takes us along on his train travels; he speaks to us simply about complicated life issues; he introduces us to philosophical thinkers without being pedantic, and he unwinds the academic pomposity that often surrounds introductions to philosophy. This is a delightful book. The chapter headings alone are a worthwhile read, including “How to Get Out of Bed like Marcus Aurelius” and “How to Have No Regrets like Nietzsche.” Also, the author has a great way of discovering along with us new insights about philosophical thought.
The only discordant note was in Chapter Six when the setting suddenly jumps from a train from a Portland-bound train leaving Chicago to Athens. That being said, most of the travel and settings add depth and interest to the narrative. The rest of the book is remarkably balanced and even. We learn interesting and peculiar things about the chapter subjects, not just the honorifics. If you are planning summer travel or a staycation, this book will take you places intellectually and humorously.
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