Cover of book The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault by Alexander Nehamas

For much of its history, philosophy was not merely a theoretical discipline but a way of life, an art of living. This practical aspect of philosophy has been much less dominant in modernity than it was in ancient Greece and Rome, when philosophers of all stripes kept returning to Socrates as a model for living. The idea of philosophy as an art of living has survived in t

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