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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Readings in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 1 edition (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872204383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872204386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently used The Good Life for my course Philosophy Through Film. I was pleasantly surprised by the development of the students' excitement for and interest in the assigned readings. Throughout the semester the students commented on the helpfulness of the editor's introductions for each reading, and they became increasingly interested in philosophy. The book was a huge success! --Megan Altman, Florida Gulf Coast University



. . . a marvelously wide-ranging selection of philosophers' attempts to define the good life. . . . Making selections for a modest-sized volume on such an issue is a daunting task, requiring negotiating the Scylla of breadth but superficiality and the Charybdis of detail but narrowness. On this score one has to say Guignon has done just about as well as can be done. . . . The editor’s introductions to each selection are quite helpful and accurate. . . . [An] excellent anthology that undergraduate philosophy teachers will no doubt find extremely useful in the classroom. --Whitley R. P. Kaufman, Philosophy in Review

About the Author

Charles Guignon is Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Guttentag on March 26, 2001
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What can you say after reading a book like "The Good Life"? To read through this collection of twenty-five essays by many of the greatest thinkers ever is to be awed and overwhelmed. There is so much wisdom here, and so many areas that could lead to more thought and investigation. This is a book that you could bring with you to a desert island.
As to the selection of essays in the book, the only thing I found lacking was that there were no essays covering two of the fundamental schools of ethical thinking, Kantianism and utilitarianism. Guignon has also left out psychologically oriented thinkers such as Freud, which he argues belong in a separate collection. Finally, it would have been nice to have an essay by Kierkegaard, but Guignon said he was unable to get permission.
So what do you do on reading a book like this? You may well leave the experience as confused as when you start it, if not more so. Guignon does a nice job with a brief introductory biography of each of the writers, as well a summary to give some context to the selections that are provided. But you need to be a true autodidact to make it through the essays on your own. This book is clearly intended to be used in conjunction with an undergraduate survey course, but I don't see how any course could even do a fair job of integrating or exploring the many themes here.
For me at least, a book like this is a useful part of a process that I am dedicating much time to, a process of developing a conception of the good life that is responsive to and aware of the much great thinking that has come before. After reading these selections, that process seems even more daunting and exciting.
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By C. Dannouf on November 22, 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina Lester on January 3, 2014
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The book was great but the shipping was very late! I had to re-buy the book in my college book store because the book off Amazon came to late but as far the book goes it is a great read and I would recommend it even if you're not taking a college course.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. on March 19, 2013
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I use this in a class on happiness. Most of the readings are accessible enough for the novice reader. Historically organized.
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