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The title was intriguing and so I purchased the book, and for the most part, Macaro does fair coverage to two traditions of theory and practice: Buddhism and Stoicism. I am skeptical that we live in a "sceptical age" (pardon the pun), but I understand many are seeking wisdom and guidance in various existential and philosophical approaches in our post-modern, post-truth, post-fact era (or whatever label captures the fluidity of reality). So...what better turn to take than to focus the lens on "ancient" approaches for our times.
The author readily admits that what is covered will be "ruthlessly lean" and where "cherry-picking" will be the theme for both traditions. Strong points: good introductory book; writing style is easy-going, not too heavy on the jargon; and a robust overview of clarifying the troublesome term of "happiness" (at least from a western perspective). Weak points: breadth, not depth; and a rather strange way to begin and circle back to the Aristotelian "way" - that is, the middle ground when it comes to emotions and role of virtue. I think the author wishes to highlight the practical sues of Buddhism and Stoicism, and yet maintain a very "even-keeled" approach that is more of a mixed hybrid of several approaches and somehow, we end up back in the Peripatetic School.
In the end, perhaps we are back to Seneca's perspective of what the journey looks like with philosophy: Still searching, as there is so much more to discover along the way. Some people seek the comfort in dogma and doctrine, others seek to "follow the facts"...but then what is philosophy for...if not to raise more questions, than answers.