Words by the Water

Peter Cave: Owning up: What philosophy and philosophers can teach us about ourselves

Wed 5 June | 4:30pm

’Tis better to be a dissatisfied Socrates than a satisfied pig’ wrote John Stuart Mill; indeed, great philosophers often tell us how to live well – witness Socrates, Spinoza, Nietzsche and Sartre, but their remedies conflict. Peter Cave reveals some underlying themes, connecting to other writers from Lao Tzu to Lewis Carroll; Sappho to Simone de Beauvoir; Simone Weil to Samuel Beckett.

Book: How to think like a Philosopher (Bloomsbury)