Great Minds on Small Things : The Philosophers’ Guide to Everyday Life


by Qvortrup, Matthew | Humanities
Published 05/10/2023 by Duckworth Books (Duckworth) in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 224 pages

ISBN: 9780715654965 Category:


Three centuries ago, Voltaire published his Dictionnaire philosophique, taking in such idiosyncratic topics as adultery, mountains, nakedness, and others besides. In 1957, another French philosopher of more recent vintage, Roland Barthes, mused in his Mythologies on the masculine pursuits of wrestling, striptease and the Citroen DS. Since the dawn of philosophy, the world’s great thinkers have been unable to resist the lure of applying their formidable brains not only to the meaning of life, but also to the meaning of coffee, trapped wind or efficient boiler installation.

Now, from Wollstonecraft to Wittgenstein, Laozi to Locke, Aristotle to Arendt, Great Minds on Small Things brings together their varied observations, alongside delightful black and white illustrations, in a highly entertaining and eye-opening miscellany that is guaranteed to make life’s mundanities suddenly seem a lot more highbrow.

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