Do you ever get the feeling that something went wrong? What with credit crunches, wars, congestion charges, and unemployment, it is natural to hark back to less complicated times. In this witty and inspiring book, Mark Vernon does just that. However, we are not talking about the 1980s - try 400BC! Filled with timeless insight into life, relationships, work and partying, "Plato's Podcasts" takes a sideways glance at modern living and presents the would-be thoughts of Ancient Philosophers on various topics central to our 21st century existence. From Plato on pod casts to Epicurus on bottled water, this is a funny but profound take on what life means today (and two thousand years ago).
Mark Vernon is a writer, journalist, broadcaster, academic, and former priest. Author of numerous books including What Not to Say: Finding The Right Words At Difficult Moments, he is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a regular contributor on various BBC radio and television shows.
"Highly engaging and Vernon has a good eye for the colourfully weird detail."
– The Guardian
"Engaging and stimulating, full of fascinating anecdotes and provocative contentions. If you want to find out more about how philosophy began, then Vernon is your guide. "
– Church Times
"Bravo! A wonderfiully lucid and engaging exploration of what the ancient world can teach the modern."
– Mark Rowlands - author of The Philosopher and the Wolf
"Ancient wisdom goes modern in this unique book. Vernon encapsulates the lives and wisdom of the ancient sages in a way that speaks to the problems of the present."
– William Irwin - Professor of Philosophy, King's College Pennsylvania and Editor of The Blackwell
"Mark Vernon has an unparallelled ability to convey profound philosophical ideas in a manner that is both accessible and personal but also rigorous and challenging. Behind the friendly, humorous writing is an acute sense of what is truly relevant to us today. Plato would be pleased."