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The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (Philosophy in Action) 29301st Edition
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"The book is filled with common sense and practical wisdom. As a practical 'guide to what really matters' for general readers and philosophers alike, it is a worthy modern representative of a tradition of ethical writing that goes back to Aristotle's own guide to what really matters, written for his son Nicoachus. From my point of view, that is high praise indeed."--Robert Kane, Ethics
"A stimulating read and a great way to get you focused on the right things at the beginning of the year."--Fareed Zakaria, CNN
"Thomas Hurka's The Best Things in Life is that rare thing: a philosophical work written with such simplicity and verve that it will engage beginning students, but with enough subtlety and sophistication that it will also reward careful study by specialists. An important contribution to ethics."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Most of us know the main sorts of things that can make a life worth living: happiness and pleasure, friendship and love, accomplishment, knowledge, and virtue. But few of us could probably say very much about just what these things really are, and what, exactly, makes them so valuable. That's where Tom Hurka comes in. The Best Things in Life provides an original and fascinating philosophical guide to some of life's most important questions. For the most part, of course, it's not exactly a practical guide-it won't tell you how to find love, or how to be virtuous or successful. But it will give you a far better sense of what you should be looking for, and why."--Shelly Kagan, Yale University
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The book is divided into several chapters each focusing on one topic. Every chapter starts with a general and broad concept, and narrows down and takes closer look at how each individual aspect of the topic can affect the quality of life. Many references to various philosophers from ancient to contemporary is used, which are also listed as further readings at the end of each chapter. Some chapters also incorporate diagrams to help with concepts, making the content of the book very accessible by those unfamiliar with the theories of academic philosophy.
The book is written from a philosophical perspective, but involves also bits from psychology, sociology, etc. It is written intended for a casual audience, which makes it a very easy and enjoyable read. If you are one of those who are looking to find various opinions on what the good life is, this book is a must read.
This book is part treatise, part blueprint for living a more satisfying life. It is not a step by step self help book, but there are plenty of those out there already. This is a thought provoking and dare I say"pleasurable" read. Though Hurka is an academic, this book doesn't have a text book sort of feel. But it does make you ponder what a "good life" looks like and how we all might have one.
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I FOUND THIS HARD TO ABSORB IN ALL
BIT SMALL DOSES. I would probably not CHOOSE THIS author again for this reason