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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1ST edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847061575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847061577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Accessible in style, sophisticated in content, Michael Boylan's The Good, the True and the Beautiful is an excellent guide to philosophical reflection on the most important of life's questions. The author's good nature comes through on every page, as readers are challenged and coaxed to become better and more thoughtful people.' Jeffrey Reiman, William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University, USA.

'This book is a triumph: it opens deep philosophical thought to every reader. Through his conversational style, Boylan invites us to take a fresh look at central subjects in philosophy—the good, the true, and the beautiful.'
Robert Paul Churchill, professor of Philosophy, George Washington University, USA


'In combining philosophical argumentation with observations from the social world, politics and the arts the book goes far beyond a scholarly investigation of a perennial topic of philosophy. Even for readers without background in the history of philosophy the book will make those fundamental questions accessible.'
Professor, Marcus Düwell, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

"In his concise account of the major theories of art, he accomplishes the remarkable feat of explaining Heidegger in simple language. All in all, Boylan displays a thorough knowledge of both classical and modern views. Highly recommended for all philosophy collections." - David Gordon, Library Journal, October 1, 2008 (David Gordon Library Journal)

Mention —Book News, February 2009

'In combining philosophical argumentation with observations from the social world, politics and the arts the book goes far beyond a scholarly investigation of a perennial topic of philosophy. Even for readers without background in the history of philosophy the book will make those fundamental questions accessible.'
Professor, Marcus Düwell, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

“In his concise account of the major theories of art, he accomplishes the remarkable feat of explaining Heidegger in simple language. All in all, Boylan displays a thorough knowledge of both classical and modern views. Highly recommended for all philosophy collections.” - David Gordon, Library Journal, October 1, 2008 (Sanford Lakoff Library Journal)

Mention –Book News, February 2009

About the Author

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair in philosophy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, USA. His most recent books are The Extinction of Desire (Blackwell, 2007), a philosophical novel and A Just Society (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), a monograph on ethics and political philosophy.

More About the Author

Michael Boylan is a philosopher, poet, and novelist. As a philosopher he has written 100 published articles and 25 books (prominent of which are A JUST SOCIETY, THE GOOD, THE TRUE, AND THE BEAUTIFUL, BASIC ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY: AN INNOVATIVE INTRODUCTION (with Charles Johnson) and MORALITY AND GLOBAL JUSTICE: justifications and applications). As a poet he has two published books and has read in various venues including the Library of Congress. He has also published 3 novels--the latest being THE EXTINCTION OF DESIRE.

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Boylan has written a great book that encourages people to discover what a good life should be. He has the noble goal of getting readers to "develop a single comprehensive and internally coherent worldview that is good and that we constantly strive to act out in our daily lives."

He writes in an informal style while producing logical, powerful and insightful arguments on what is good, what is true and what is beautiful. He includes thought experiments and argument dissections to further explain his ideas. Read this book if you are interested in using philosophy to form a better, stronger worldview.

Jason Shen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guri Brit Nielsen on May 24, 2013
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Interesting because of the connection to contemporary society.
I liked the updating of classical philosophy, but as said above sometimes difficult to understand.
I rated 'I like it' because it is very well written, but I had hoped for more of the classical material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you are an intelligent general reader interested in philosophy then I recommend you give this book a read. It is very well written and promotes the idea that one should have a consistent worldview as it relates to ethics, knowledge, and art. Well done.
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