How do you define “growing up”? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw and that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path. With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth—such as how to exorcise the ghosts of your past, when to choose meaning over happiness, how to construct a mature spirituality, and how to seize permission to be who you really are With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers a potent resource you’ll return to time and again to energize and inspire you on your journey to create a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.
Taking as its starting point the much quoted comment by Socrates that ‘an unexamined life is not worth living”, this book is a ‘field guide to living an examined life’, a book to help you, the reader, to think about the life you are living, and to consider what you might want to do differently in the future. Like a good field guide, it does not provide answers, but provides the you with tools to identify and examine what is important. It does not tell you how you should live your life, or what decisions you should make, but rather it is a ‘questioner’s guide’, asking you to think more carefully about such subjects as loyalty, artistic creativity, wisdom and knowledge, managing your time, and determining how to live with others. At the end of each chapter, there are some questions that may help you decide what you could do differently as a result of living an 'examined life'..
This books presents a creative approach to the problem of individual authenticity. What is authenticity? What are its necessary conditions? How is an authentic self possible in society? What are the relationships of authenticity, morality, and happiness? The book examines a wide range of questions in Eastern and Western thought, to which it gives novel answers.
This volume presents a survey exploring the profound influence of Socrates on the history of Western philosophy. It also discusses the life of Socrates and key philosophical doctrines associated with him.
The Debate Over the Applicability of Philosophy to Citizenship
Author: Colleen K. Flewelling
Publisher: Lexington Books
Can philosophy be socially relevant? Dating back to Socrates' Apology, and beyond Marx's argument that pure philosophical theory without practical application was unattainable, philosophers have had many diverse views about their work, including that it is indispensable, that it is socially irrelevant, and even that it is harmful. Tracing the controversy through history, this book examines eleven philosophers' arguments concerning the question of the social relevance of philosophy, placing each thinker in the appropriate cultural and historical context. Colleen Flewelling focuses particularly on the Frankfurt School, as their program was aimed at producing a socially relevant theory. She suggests that philosophical theory and practice are, in fact, interconnected and that, if properly understood, some forms of philosophy can be socially relevant. The Social Relevance of Philosophy provides a concise, yet thorough, history of the debate on philosophy's role in society. It is essential reading for students and professional philosophers alike.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER This book is about learning to live. Echoing Socrates’ statement that the unexamined life not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws on his twenty-five years of work and more than 50,000 hours of conversations to form a collection of beautifully rendered tales that illuminate the human experience. These are stories about everyday lives: from a woman who finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip to a young man loses his wallet, to the more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer and the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do. ‘This moving book will make the reader think of Freud’s keenly observed and literary-minded case studies...piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks’ New York Times ‘Grosz is a superb storyteller and tells lots of his patients' stories with sensitivity, but also with great acuity. You might keep thinking you recognise things about people you know’ Evening Standard.
In this handbook that combines research and reflective exercises, recognized experts discuss transformative leadership, leadership alternatives, improvements in school reform, and challenges in leadership roles.
A fascinating insight into a piercingly intelligent mind. Steiner's brilliant and elegant new book draws on episodes from his life to explore the central themes and ideas of his thinking and writing over the course of much of our troubled century. An exploration of the ideas of the life of a major and brilliant thinker, the closest we will get to an autobiography.