The Good Life / Edition 1

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Overview

Organized around themes such as harmony with one’s self and with the world, right relation to God, the use of reason, self-exploration, and living in a disordered world, the selections in this anthology explore traditional philosophical thought from Plato to de Beauvoir on the topic of human flourishing.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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A collection of 25 philosophical writings from antiquity to modernity that concern the self-directed question of what is the good life. Organized into sections on religious ways, the use of reason, self-exploration, self realization, and social involvement, the book contains essays and excerpts from works by such authors as Plato, Lao Tzu, Augustine, William James, Descartes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Sartre, Marx, and Buber. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknew.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204386
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Readings in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 454,151

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Classical Sources: The Ideal of Harmony

 1.  Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 2.  Plato, The Republic

 3.  Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

 4.  Lucretius, On the Order of Things

 5.  Epictetus, The Handbook Religious Ways of Life

 6.  Siddhattha Gotama Buddha, "The Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness"

 7.  Augustine, Confessions

 8.  Luther, "The Freedom of a Christian"

 9.  Dostoevsky, "The Russian Monk" from The Brothers Karamazov

10. William James, "The Religion of Healthy-Mindedness," from The Varieties of Religious Experience
           The Use of Reason

11. Ren Descartes, The Passions of the Soul

12. Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics

13. Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness Self-Exploration

14. Michel de Montaigne, "Of Experience" from the Essays

15. Blaise Pascal, Pensees

16. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile

17. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance" Self-Realization

18. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

19. Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness

20. Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity Social Involvement

21. Marx, "Alienated Labor," from the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

22. W. E. B. DuBois, "Of Our Spiritual Strivings," from The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches

23. Martin Buber, "The Way of Man, According to the Teachings of Hasidism," from Hasidism and Modern
             Man

24. Alasdair MacIntyre, "The Virtues, the Unity of Life and the Concept of a Tradition," from After Virtue

25. Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education

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