Books by Joep Dohmen

  • Against Indifference

    Joep Dohmen

    | Non-fiction | This book has 320 pages


    Over 20.000 copies sold in NL

    * German sample translation available * 

    Joep Dohmen shows us how we can give our lives meaning. He introduces the reader to classical thinkers such as Socrates, Aristotle and Seneca, as well as modern philosophers like Montaigne, Nietzsche and Foucault. A strong opponent of the popular art of living, he clearly demonstrates why. But above all he outlines the main themes of the art of living, the questions it raises and the various possible answers. Dohmen shows how the art of living can be put into practice by addressing the following themes: authenticity, autonomy, moral attitude, ideals, practical wisdom, time, responsibility for self, friendship, values, virtues, self-knowledge and self-care.

    ‘Dohmen translates the ideas of thinkers such as Foucault, Socrates, Nietzsche and Montaigne to the present day. It’s surprising to read how relevant these ideas are.’ –Mind Magazine 

    ‘Dohmen writes superbly and his line of reasoning is very accessible. Philosophy with Dohmen is a great pleasure, and the book itself becomes a friend.’ – De Humanist

    ‘Dohmen makes an attempt to flesh out a modern art of living. The great merit of this fascinating book is Dohmen’s effort to rescue autonomy from liberalism’s suffocating embrace while also protecting it from conservative enemies and spiritual quacks. A timely intervention.’ – Groene Amsterdammer

    ‘I personally read Against Indifference as a call for self-conscious individual autonomy at a time when that autonomy is being challenged or denied from all sides. It is possible to adopt an independent position towards the zeitgeist. Scepticism and self-criticism are not signs of weakness.’ – NRC Handelsblad


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