5 chances to win a copy of The Shrink And The Sage

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We have 5 copies of The Shrink and The Sage by Julian Baggini and Antonia Macaro to give away. From the publishers: 

Philosopher Julian Baggini and therapist Antonia Macaro present their unique brand of self-help – with a distinctly cerebral edge. From what Aristotle can teach us about practical wisdom to how the work of psychologists such as Daniel Kahneman can improve our decision-making, they offer eminently practical advice to many common personal dilemmas. What does philosophical logic have to say about sticking to resolutions? How important is work? Could Danish existentialist Søren Kierkegaard lead you to a more satisfying life? Upbeat, enjoyable and thought-provoking, this brilliantly readable intellectual agony uncle and aunt team combine the insights of philosophy and psychology to begin to piece together a a guide to the good life and how to live it. 

For your chance to win a copy, simply post a comment to this blog entry stating who your favourite philosopher is and why. The 5 winners will be chosen at random on Friday (please ensure you leave an email address).

37 thoughts on “5 chances to win a copy of The Shrink And The Sage”

  1. Francis Bacon.

    For the insight that the human intellect may function in part as an obstacle, rather than an infallible tool for acquiring facts about the natural world.

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  2. Socrates.
    Though only referenced through Plato it's clear that the basis of what he believes is true: There is a universally held morality that people cannot decide on, whether through spineless argumentum ad numerum or argumentum ad verecundiam.
    No sophist and no god should dissuade you from the truth.
    Believe in doing good no matter how many enemies you make who want to slander you with petty self-serving political mindgames.


  3. Martin Heidegger

    For his idea of 'Throwness' and the subsequent effect this has on the choices we make. Although, we cannot change the ontological existentials in life, like experiencing anxiety, we can still choose how we respond to them. And doing so, this helps us make new meanings about our existence. And also keeping in mind that when we do not choose, That is also a choice.


  4. John Stuart Mill for his “System of Logic;” specifically, where he delineates criteria for distinguishing causes from mere correlates.


  5. Slavoj Zizek is my favorite philosopher.

    Why? Largely because he is alive today and comments on current events, but also because he has an interesting way of looking at things (even if often I do not agree with his views and beliefs). Plus, he can be hilarious sometimes. There was an interesting interview with him and Julian Assange.

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  6. Peter-Paul Verbeek because of his ability to summarize the philosophy of technology so well. He works on the philosophical basis of technological ethics. His writing style is well-structured and easy to read.

  7. John Stuart Mill because he seemed to be an early advocate for both feminism and the environment, and I like approaching most issues from a basic utilitarian standpoint before delving deeper into understanding them.

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  8. Lao Tzu.

    “The more you know, the less you understand”

    I think putting his ideas to practice are very anxiolytic.

  9. Marcus Aurelius. Ok, not stunningly original- but a good man , about as good as a man with absolute power can be. According to some schools of thought goodness was the aim of philosophy- . A plus is his hilarious, oscar winners style book dedication to his grammarian.


  10. Sam Harris
    – For breathing new fire into old debates. He has forced me to change my views on ethics, belief and free will, combining the best of Eastern and Western philosophy to answer the hardest questions in human life.


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