Monk and the Philosopher

Author(s): Jean-Francois Revel; Matthieu Ricard


In this father-son dialogue, Revel and Ricard explore the most fundamental questions of human existence and the ways in which they are embraced by Eastern and Western thought. In this meeting of minds, they touch upon philsophy and spirituality, science and politics, psychology and ethics. They raise the eternal questions: Does life have meaning? What is consciousness? Is man free? Why is there suffering, war, hatred? They present and practical answers that offer revolutionary approaches to how we can enrich the way we live our lives.


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'The book skilfully educates readers who might be new to both eastern and western philosophy without alienating those already familiar with either strand. Neatly weaving in details of the father-son relationship, and why and how Matthieu turned to Buddhism, the discussion follows a logical and seamless line through every philosophical and metaphysical aspect of life... A wonderful book." Time Out 'A serious and stimulating book handling some very abstract matter with sympathy and vigour.' The Sunday Telegraph

Jean-Francois Revel is one of the leading modern philosophers with books such as Without Marx or Jesus, among others, to his credit. Matthieu Ricard is a monk in the Tibetan tradition and author of Journey to Enlightenment and Life of Shakbar.

General Fields

  • : 9780722536506
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : colaus
  • : June 1999
  • : 216mm X 136mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jean-Francois Revel; Matthieu Ricard
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 190
  • : 320