Reviews from 10/2017


Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 25 October 2017

Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation by taking an historical and philosophical view of the subject. He chronicles the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in eighteenth-century Britain.

Stephen Miller now brings the art of conversation into the light, revealing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline

 One authority writes that "Conversation is the kind of speech that happens informally, symmetrically, and for the purposes of establishing and maintaining social ties."…Read

Philosophy as a way of life

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 9 October 2017

“Then the spirit looks neither ahead nor behind.  Only the present is our happiness.” In this verse from Goethe’s Second Faust, we find an expression of the art of concentrating on and recognising the value of the present instant.