The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life / Edition 1

The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life / Edition 1

by Jean Kazez
     
 

What does it mean to have a “good life”? Is it a matter of choice or chance? In this engaging book, author Jean Kazez asks the perennial philosophical questions about what we should place at the center of our lives. Incorporating the views of both past and present philosophers, as well as examples from history, literature, media, and the news, this

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What does it mean to have a “good life”? Is it a matter of choice or chance? In this engaging book, author Jean Kazez asks the perennial philosophical questions about what we should place at the center of our lives. Incorporating the views of both past and present philosophers, as well as examples from history, literature, media, and the news, this concise introduction to ethics and philosophy offers a unique opportunity for personal reflection.

Contemplating the importance of happiness, morality, self expression, desire, religion, and family, The Weight of Things invites the reader to explore the difficult questions in our daily lives. Topics are animated by a colorful cast of characters, including fourth-century hermits, The Matrix’s Neo, a Wal-Mart clerk, runaway slaves, and Lance Armstrong, among others. The Weight of Things is a fascinating and insightful search for answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405160773
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/17/2007
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
This Mortal World     6
Strange Lives     16
Reason and Luck     27
Is Happiness All That Matters?     46
Necessities     61
Puzzles of Diversity     81
Hard Choices     99
Trying to be Good     111
The Religious Realm     128
Taking Aim     146
Notes     159
Bibliography     167
Acknowledgments     172
Index     174

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