- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dialogue Path Press (September 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887917098
- ISBN-13: 978-1887917094
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power Paperback – September 6, 2012
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“In this day and age, when uncertainty reigns along with various other dictates that challenge all aspects of human endeavor, it is essential that The Inner Philosopher become a part of world literature and world dialogue. The content within takes one to the front lines of life’s grand adventure of the enigmatic human condition, and further on to an open and revealing dialogue, unraveling the mystery of us.’” — Wayne Shorter, Grammy Award–winning jazz composer and saxophonist
“These sparkling and engaging conversations make a compelling case for the importance of philosophy in our lives and in our world. Daisaku Ikeda and Lou Marinoff are ideal guides to the nature and function of wisdom, from the times of the ancients through the challenges we all face now. This is a book that should be read by leaders, teachers, students, and adults of all ages.” —Tom Morris, author, If Aristotle Ran General Motors
“The conversations invite all to be seekers of truth, assuring us that all can and should engage in philosophic reflection on the issues of our individual lives and our common society. We are reminded that we are deprived of this most fundamental of human experiences, as we embrace the mastery of technology over the development of our humanity. We are encouraged by the wisdom the two share with each other and with us to release the inner philosopher to liberate the outer social actor.” —Betty A. Reardon, founding director emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education
About the Author
Lou Marinoff is a professor and chair of philosophy at the City College of New York. He is the founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association and the author of The Big Questions, The Middle Way, and Plato Not Prozac. He lives in Monroe, New York. Daisaku Ikeda is the founder and president of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization with 12 million members worldwide. He has written and lectured widely on Buddhism, humanism, and ethics, and has published dialogues with global figures such as Arnold Toynbee, Linus Pauling, and Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Both men find the answer in an inner universality - Marinoff from his work of applying the timeless truths of philosophy to peoples' everyday lives and problems; and Ikeda from the perspective of his Buddhist practice and leadership with the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization now in the world.
Both men are masters at dialogue, and what emerges is a magical interplay that takes the reader on an exciting journey of self discovery and understanding of the panaceas needed to resolve the conflicts of our deeply troubled world.