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The Philosophical Life
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Learn How to Live from History's Greatest Thinkers

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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.

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Admirable...his book gains a novelistic richness. * The Guardian *
"An engaging wealth of personal detail woven into each philosopher's quest for wisdom ... Refreshing ...an ideal book to dip into before another night of sleepless worry." * Prospect *
"A vivid set of philosophical tales . . . a fresh treatment of subjects who are often served up stale." * The Economist *
Endlessly rich . . . An earnest, wistful collection of biographical sketches of a dozen preeminent 'lovers of wisdom' * The Wall Street Journal *
A set of beautifully written and richly informative mini-biographies of a dozen philosophers... Each of them is a little gem in its own right. * A.C. Grayling *
Engaging... an ideal book to dip into. * Prospect *
Excellent... [James Miller] is to be commended for leaving behind the sterile practices of his colleagues and speaking to civilian readers. * Alain de Botton, for the New Statesman *
Pitch-perfect ... Miller's prose is insightful, anecdotal, warm, and nuanced. * irish times *
Relevant, interesting, and accessible... Miller's deep knowledge of his subject is matched by a passion to share what he knows with others. * Scotsman *
'Beautifully written, full of anecdotes and interesting historical facts, this is an inspiring read.' * The Good Book Guide *

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