Author(s): Robert Rowland Smith
If life is meaningless as Sartre suggests, what is the point of being born? What does Freud have to say about losing one's virginity or Nietzsche about having a mid-life crisis? Drawing on philosophy, art, literature and psychology, this book explores the real meaning of the hoops we all have to jump through.
"'I am often asked to recommend a good introduction to philosophy - now I've discovered one... Smith's work is witty, inventive and intelligent' - THES 'I'll never drive the same way again. Or have a midlife crisis the same way again, for that matter. This book is elegant proof that philosophy doesn't have to be fusty and musty.' - A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically 'Take a seat and become thoroughly absorbed in this fascinating journey. Great stuff.' - Frank Furedi '...fascinating and deeply impressive book.' - Daily Mail"
Robert Rowland Smith was for seven years a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where his work on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis was described by Jacques Derrida as 'superbe'. He now advises blue-chip companies and government departments, teaches at London's School of Life, and writes, among other things, a column on 'life lessons' in the Evening Standard and a regular column in the Sunday Times. He contributes to the Philosophy Bites podcast series and speaks regularly on BBC radio. His first book, Breakfast with Socrates  is also published by Profile and has been translated into sixteen languages.