Letters to a Young Philosopher

ISBN : 9780199480388

Ramin Jahanbegloo
160 Pages
129 x 191 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
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Inspired from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, this work is in the form of letters from an old philosopher to a young student, guiding, instructing, and passing on wisdom gathered from the experiences of life. They cover a comprehensive introduction to philosophy, wisdom, and the art of thinking, as well as discuss a range of themes and issues such as love, education, friendship, violence, ignorance, mediocrity, and happiness.


Letter 1: On the Definition of Philosophy; Letter 2: On the Decline of Education; Letter 3: On Living with the Technological Civilization; Letter 4: On the Art of Loving; Letter 5: On Freedom and Courage; Letter 6: On the Political Evil; Letter 7: On the Art of Dying; Letter 8: On Excellence; Letter 9: On Truth; Letter 10: On Mediocrity; Letter 11: On Responsibility; Letter 12: On Patriotism; Letter 13: On Democracy; Letter 14: On Herd Mentality; Letter 15: On the Art of Making Films; Letter 16: On Aesthetics

About the author: 

Ramin Jahanbegloo is professor, vice dean, and executive director of Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. He is a philosopher who has worked extensively to foster constructive dialogue between divergent cultures. In his efforts to promote argumentative tradition, he has interacted with scholars and intellectuals from all over the world, such as the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Ashis Nandy, and George Steiner, among others. He has authored several books, which have been translated into different languages. Some of these include 'Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity' (2004), 'The Spirit of India' (2008), 'The Gandhian Moment' (2013), 'Time Will Say Nothing' (2014), and a series of conversations with prominent intellectuals like Vandana Shiva, Richard Sorabji, Romila Thapar, and others.

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