From Library Journal
David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., OH
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Accessibly written, originally conceived, and refreshingly literate, John Kekes' The Art of Life is a book explicitly composed for serious non-specialists who are interested in what philosophical reflection can teach us about living good lives. It is also one that should engage and challenge even the most serious academic philosophers, those whose devotion to specialty is subordinate to something larger."―George Harris, College of William and Mary.
"Kekes belongs to a flourishing school of thought known as 'virtue ethics.' He and his colleagues believe that mainstream moral philosophers since the time of Kant and Bentham have been barking up the wrong tree. Instead of seeking to define morality in terms of abstract universal principles, they should have stuck to the traditional methods of Aristotle and Cicero, exploring what it might mean for particular individuals to have a virtuous or vicious character, or to lead an honourable or a despicable life. 'The Art of Life' is an impressive attempt to tackle this task directly."―Times Literary Supplement, December 5, 2003
"John Kekes has been a steady and important contributor to recent discussions about life. . . . The Art of Life demonstrates unequivocally the value of rigorous philosophical reflection on something that we all want, spend most of our time and energy trying to achieve, fret about endlessly, but understand only dimly, namely, a good life. The Art of Life is both a pleasure to read and an illuminating piece of philosophical work. Kekes brings a lifetime of serious thought to this 'most important of all human activities.'"―Frederik Kaufman, Ithaca College, The Journal of Ethics 8, 2004
"John Kekes is an important contributor to the literature in ethics and social philosophy. His views are distinctive, typically well-argued, and provocative."―Peter A. French, Arizona State University
"The Art of Life is an unusually good book. It is philosophically sharp and complex,and avoids easy solutions."―Joel Kupperman, University of Connecticut