Philosophy is a discipline committed to helping us live wiser and
less sorrowful lives. This book artfully draws together forty of
the greatest and most useful ideas found in philosophy, taking us
on a journey around key concepts from both Eastern and Western
cultures. We are invited to sample the distinctive wisdom of
Eastern philosophy via tea drinking ceremonies, walks in bamboo
forests, contemplations of rivers and ritualised flower arranging
sessions. From Western culture we seek the teachings of some of the
greatest minds throughout history including Machiavellianism and
Stoicism. This essential guide to philosophy reminds us of the wit,
humanity and relevance of a number of great philosophers including
Nietzsche, Heidegger, Confucius, Lao Tzu and Buddha. Essential
thoughts about love, work, anxiety, self-knowledge and happiness
are examined, highlighted and inspiringly presented here so they
can work their consoling effect where it is most needed: in our
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