Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life’s Milestones is a most refreshing look at how philosophy applies to our everyday lives.
The author, Robert Rowland Smith, who also wrote Breakfast With Socrates, manages to connect Hegel (Hegel who, asks the non-philosopher like myself) with losing your virginity and spiritual love in its purest form.
Learning to walk and talk, taking exams, and moving house – along with other milestones – also get their philosophical turns.
The back cover says, “In a warm, humorous voice that revels both in life’s absurdities and in the pure delight of discovery, Smith grounds abstract ideas in concrete experience.” Indeed, he does, with a great deal of humor, which makes this a book for both the philosophically-inclined and the superficial neophyte like myself.
(In case you’re wondering, how does Driving With Plato compare with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I can’t tell you. I read Zen so many years ago, Jerry Ford was President. All the same, read Driving With Plato. You will enjoy it.)