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The deepest human life : an introduction to philosophy for everyone

Author: Scott Samuelson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sometimes it seems like you need a PhD just to open a book of philosophy. We leave philosophical matters to the philosophers in the same way that we leave science to scientists. Scott Samuelson thinks this is tragic, for our lives as well as for philosophy. In The Deepest Human Life he takes philosophy back from the specialists and restores it to its proper place at the center of our humanity, rediscovering it as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Samuelson
ISBN: 9780226130385 022613038X 9780226272771 022627277X
OCLC Number: 856879217
Description: xiv, 216 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude on light pollution and the stars --
pt. 1. What is philosophy? --
1. Portrait of you as Odysseus --
2. Portrait of philosophy as Socrates --
Interlude on laughter and tears --
pt. 2. What is happiness? --
3. The exquisite materialism of Epicurus --
4. The mysterious freedom of the Stoic --
Interlude on wine and bicycles --
pt. 3. Is knowledge of God possible? --
5. The ecstasy without a name --
6. In nightmares begins rationality --
7. The terrifying distance of the stars --
Interlude on campfires and the sun --
pt. 4. What is the nature of good and evil? --
8. The moral worth of a teardrop --
9. The beast that is and is not --
Interlude on superheroes and zombies --
Conclusion : the most beautiful thing in the world.
Responsibility: Scott Samuelson.

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Sometimes it seems like you need a PhD just to open a book of philosophy. Exploring the works of some of history's most important thinkers in the context of the everyday struggles of his students,  Read more...
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