|Plot Summary of The Consolations of Philosophy|
|"A light introduction to some of history's great thinkers. The life and times of six philosophers are related to the modern condition. Did their philosophy make them better people and help them live wisely? In some cases. Whether or not it will help the reader is a matter for the reader's judgement, and well worth the effort of finding out.
Socrates offers us consolations for unpopularity; Epicurus, consolations for poverty; Seneca, (poor fellow) consolations for injustice. Montaigne offers a bouillabaisse of sociological obiter dicta; Schopenhauer offers consolations for unrequited love. Nietzsche, I don't know what he offers, so you can safely skip that chapter: there's no need to stuff your head with the contents of a dirtbag. It's a pity there is no Descartes or proper British empiricism in here, but it is a fun book."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Consolations of Philosophy|
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Subject of Biography
- not employed but independently wealthy
- emotionally unstable
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- physically sick
- Fancy Mansion
- distant past
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked men
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 76-100% of book
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