How Philosophy Can Change Your Life

By Professor Lou Marinoff

Professor Lou Marinoff's first book, the international bestseller Plato, Not Prozac!, drew on the wisdom of the great philosophers to solve everyday problems, launching a movement that made philosophy useful again. Now, in Therapy for the Sane, he takes the concept to the next level by applying philosophy and its literature to the central questions of modern existence.

Urging us not to accept victimhood blindly, Dr. Marinoff uses specific case studies from his counseling practice to show how the great thinkers can help us define our own philosophy, and thereby reclaim our sense of well-being. How do we know what is right? How can we cope with change? How can we use centuries of wisdom to help us feel at ease in the world? Accessible, entertaining, and essential, Therapy for the Sane presents a shift in perspective that is truly life-changing.

Lou Marinoff, PhD, is currently Deputy Chair of Philosophy at The City College of New York, and the founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Local Government at the University of Arizona, a Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Faculty of the Omega Institute, and Faculty of the World Economic Forum. He is the author of several books, including two international bestsellers, Plato Not Prozac and Therapy for the Sane, published in dozens of languages.

Lou is a contributor to The Beacon of Mind: Reason and Intuition in the Ancient in Modern World, and the author of the New Edition of Therapy for the Sane: How Philosophy Can Change Your Life.


Paulo Coelho

Author of The Alchemist

Laura Huxley

Founding President of Children: Our Ultimate Investment; author of You Are Not the Target and This Timeless Moment

Arlene Getz


Tom Morris, PhD

Daisaku Ikeda

President, Soka Gakkai International; author of Choose Life: A Dialogue with Arnold Toynbee, co-author with Lou Marinoff of The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power

Phyllis Chesler, PhD

William Irwin, PhD

Kishore Mahbubani

Author of Can Asians Think?