Author(s): James Miller
Before the good life was reduced to a bottle of Prozac, philosophers offered arresting answers to the most fundamental questions about who we are and what makes a life worth living. In The Philosophical Life, James Miller returns to this vibrant tradition with short, lively biographies of twelve famous philosophers, examining the interplay of their life and thought. From Plato, who risked his reputation to tutor a tyrant, to Nietzsche who tried to get to grips with the human condition before lapsing into catatonic madness, Miller lays out the lives and thought of our greatest thinkers with flair and rich anecdote.
James Miller is a professor of politics and the chair of liberal studies at the New School for Social Research, New York. He has written for the New York Times and appeared several times on BBC Radio 4.