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"There is no other book that I’m aware of that has achieved such a masterful synthesis of philosophy and gerontology."

"One of the world's leading proponents of critical gerontology, Jan Baars creates a rich mosaic in Aging and the Art of Living. Deftly integrating classic texts, continental philosophy, and contemporary social theory, Baars encourages us to see how wisdom and vulnerability ripen experiences in late life."

"Any college-level collection strong in aging and social insights on the process will find this a thought-provoking discussion."

"This is a vision infused with hope and potential, and in this lies the art of living meaningfully. The last chapters in which Baars describes the rich possibilities of individual story and proposes an alternative idea of aging well are worth the trip."

"Recognizing life’s finitude, honoring one’s own personal story, nurturing intergenerational relationships, and seeking to live wisely are among the important ingredients for living the art of aging. Simply raising these issues and helping the reader to understand their importance are reasons enough to encounter this intense yet highly intelligent book."

"Aging and the Art of Living revitalizes the origins of philosophy which began with the search for the good life... This well-written and clearly organized book weaves poetic insights with precise reflections on topics that include living in time, wisdom, and the meaning of aging. This book makes significant and unique contributions to gerontology by challenging assumptions, articulating alternative perspectives, and inspiring new possibilities for aging and living fully."

"This publication — which contains an endless wealth of spurs to thought and engagement — should initiate a long and important conversation in which we learn to treat and to experience ageing more critically, much more creatively and with greater enjoyment."

"Jan Baars is the premier philosopher of aging, working in Europe and the United States today. Actually, to call him a philosopher of aging is to diminish the range of his thought and his accomplishments."