Academic journal article et Cetera

Plato Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems

Academic journal article et Cetera

Plato Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems

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Lou Marinoff. Plato Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems. New York: Quill, 1999.

Socrates asserted, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Lou Marinoff, in Plato Not Prozac!, suggests philosophy as the examining instrument.

Marinoff, the president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association and a professor at the City College of New York, believes that insights from philosophy can help individuals to solve everyday problems. For example: Having a midlife crisis? Ecclesiastes advises, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Ending a relationship? Lao Tzu maintains, "Take care with the end as you do the beginning and you will have no failure." Under a lot of stress? Nietzsche says, "Whatever doesn't kill me outright, makes me stronger."

Besides the application of eternal wisdom to everyday problems, Plato Not Prozac! provides short sketches of sixty philosophers whose ideas and classic works have helped Marinoff in his philosophical counseling. …

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