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Midlife: A Philosophical Guide [Hardcover]

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Author Author : Setiya, Kieran
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691173931
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691173931
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 200
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100381833

Philosophical wisdom and practical advice for overcoming the problems of middle age

How can you reconcile yourself with the lives you will never lead, with possibilities foreclosed, and with nostalgia for lost youth? How can you accept the failings of the past, the sense of futility in the tasks that consume the present, and the prospect of death that blights the future? In this self-help book with a difference, Kieran Setiya confronts the inevitable challenges of adulthood and middle age, showing how philosophy can help you thrive.

You will learn why missing out might be a good thing, how options are overrated, and when you should be glad you made a mistake. You will be introduced to philosophical consolations for mortality. And you will learn what it would mean to live in the present, how it could solve your midlife crisis, and why meditation helps.

Ranging from Aristotle, Schopenhauer, and John Stuart Mill to Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as drawing on Setiyas own experience,Midlifecombines imaginative ideas, surprising insights, and practical advice. Writing with wisdom and wit, Setiya makes a wry but passionate case for philosophy as a guide to life.

Kieran Setiyais professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author ofReasons without Rationalism(Princeton) andKnowing Right from Wrong. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and son. Midlifehas a self-soothing quality. . . . [It] teaches a lesson about midlife: its sometimes best to go with the flow. ---Joshua Rothman,New Yorker Mr. Setiya hopes to lift sufferers out of this dip [of midlife] and help them flourish by conveying the insights of modern philosophy. . . . For a philosophy professor, [he] can be refreshingly unstuffy. He doesn't see a flashy sports car as a midlife crisis-mobile, that trite substitute for lost youth and virility. No, he sees it as an opportlc˝

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