Mark Vernon takes his inspiration from 42 of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations about the big questions in life, and uses these as starting points for his brilliant observations. In each chapter he explains what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on subjects such as eternal life, work, love and sex, and the nature of happiness; he draws his own conclusions, and will provoke you to think deeply about these things for yourself. Questions include: Is ignorance bliss? Are freedom and slavery mental states? Is love blind? Is there any reason to believe a politician who tells you things can only get better? 42 assumes no prior knowledge of philosophy; it's easy and fun to read, but serious and challenging at the same time. Mark Vernon is a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is the author of numerous books, including Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life and The Philosophy of Friendship. He has a PhD in philosophy, as well as degrees in theology and physics, and he is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London.
"Mark Vernon is one of the most thoughtful, accessible and lucid popular philosophers writing today." Julian Baggini, author of The Pig that Wants to be Eaten and 99 other thought experiments."A joy to read, yielding both wisdom and delight in perfectly sized portions. A trip to the supermarket will never be the same again." Professor Richard Schoch, Queen Mary, University of London and author of The Secrets of Happiness."In today's dumbed-down culture, it sometimes feels as though ideas are too readily reduced to sound-bites and aphorisms. How refreshing that Vernon turns this trend on its head and uses well known aphorisms to allow readers to think more deeply about life, love, the universe and everything." Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas and panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze
Number Of Pages: 177
Published: 27th March 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1