The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century

The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century

by A. C. Grayling
     
 

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Duty or Pleasure? This was the legendary choice which faced Hercules and which pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling uses as the starting point of this masterful book.

He shows us how much more people can understand about themselves and their world by reflecting on today's moral challenges. Above all, he explores the idea that certain demands and certain

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Duty or Pleasure? This was the legendary choice which faced Hercules and which pre-eminent philosopher A.C. Grayling uses as the starting point of this masterful book.

He shows us how much more people can understand about themselves and their world by reflecting on today's moral challenges. Above all, he explores the idea that certain demands and certain pleasures are necessary, not just because of their intrinsic merits but because of what they do for each other.

With exceptional clarity and unrivalled prose, Grayling addresses the everyday ethical choices which confront us all.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
An elegance of style, a sense of

humour, and the ability to juxtapose

serious musings with wise and wacky

facts . . . and you have an easily

digestible form of philosophy

TLS

You could do far worse than spend an

evening or three in the company of

this book. Like good conversation,

it engages you in a flow of topics

without ever pausing long enough

to bore—Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753824436
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of numerous books, and is also a distinguished literary journalist and broadcaster. He has been a columnist for the Guardian and The Times, is a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine, and Editor of Online Review London. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. His website can be visited at www.acgrayling.com.

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