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  • In LIFE IS HARD, Kieran Setiya shows us the gift that philosophy becomes when it removes its mask of impersonality to reveal its human face. His insights are stunning, his compassion sustaining. Anyone susceptible to life's hardships must read this book -- which means that everyone must read it.

    Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX
  • An eloquent, moving, witty and above all useful demonstration of philosophy's power to help us weather the storms of being human - not with rarefied theories about the best way to live, but by making the best of life as it really is. Kieran Setiya is both an unusually gifted writer and as imperfect a human being as the rest of us, which is to say the perfect companion for the journey.

    Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks
  • An elegant book - wise and surprisingly moving. Readers like myself will undoubtedly end up questioning and rethinking how they live their lives.

    David Edmonds, author of THE MURDER OF PROFESSOR SCHLICK
  • Kieran Setiya has produced the ultimate handbook of hardship. With nimble prose and crisp arguments, he shows why adversity is inevitable - and why facing up to that reality, rather than insisting on simple-minded notions of happiness, offers the only path to living well. Life Is Hard is a courageous - and ultimately hopeful - book.

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of THE POWER OF REGRET, WHEN, and DRIVE
  • This is the most important type of book, the kind that sits on a bedside table through the long, dark nights of the soul. Life is Hard served as a very clear, very important reminder: being a philosopher entails a simple obligation, the responsibility to help."

    John Kaag, author of SICK SOULS, HEALTHY MINDS: HOW WILLIAM JAMES CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

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