The Year of Living Philosophically Robert Grossmith

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The Year of Living Philosophically  by  Robert Grossmith

The Year of Living Philosophically by Robert Grossmith
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Can philosophy save the love life of terminally single Dave Gardner? From hedonist and stoic to existentialist and postmodernist, he tries to find out.Bored with his job as a bilingual dictionary editor at a Norwich publishing house, Dave decides toMoreCan philosophy save the love life of terminally single Dave Gardner? From hedonist and stoic to existentialist and postmodernist, he tries to find out.Bored with his job as a bilingual dictionary editor at a Norwich publishing house, Dave decides to spend the next twelve months living according to the prescriptions of twelve different philosophies, one each month, chosen at random from a Duffers Guide to philosophy.

His purpose is to see whether any of these philosophical systems will improve his blighted existence and aid his pursuit of the office hottie, Vanessa.The trouble is Vanessas already engaged to the dodgy (and mysteriously wealthy) Dominic. Dave suspects Dom of nefarious activities -- cigarette smuggling? cannabis farming? -- and turns detective in order to expose him, with unexpected results. So overpowering is Daves infatuation with Vanessa that he barely notices the attention hes receiving from another colleague, the eminently more suitable new secretary Jo.Month after month, Daves philosophical experiment backfires in spectacular fashion.

His pain-control exercises during his stoic month leave him requiring urgent medical attention. His attempts to live as a rationalist, an empiricist and a logical positivist -- whatever that is -- bring further disasters. As New Years Eve approaches, he finds himself jobless, penniless, friendless and more single than ever, with only one day left in which to turn his life around.Written in diary form, the novel tackles big philosophical questions with a light, playful touch.

Complicated ideas are explained in a simple, accessible way. Daves cultural lodestars are not Hume, Kant and Nietzsche but The Simpsons, Monty Python and Morrissey. So if youve always wanted to know about the history of Western philosophy but found there werent enough jokes in Sophies World, this may be just the book for you.



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