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The deepest human life : an introduction to philosophy for everyone

Author: Scott Samuelson
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Explores the works of some of history's most important philosophers in the context of modern, everyday life, providing accessibility to some of philosophy's most important and complicated theories"--Www.qbd.com.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Samuelson
ISBN: 022627277X 9780226272771 9780226130385 022613038X
OCLC Number: 890757559
Description: xiv, 216 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prelude on light pollution and the stars --
Part 1. What is philosophy? --
Portrait of you as Odysseus --
Portrait of philosophy as Socrates --
Interlude on laughter and tears --
Part 2. What is happiness? --
The exquisite materialism of Epicurus --
The mysterious freedom of the Stoic --
Interlude on wine and bicycles --
Part 3. Is knowledge of God possible? --
The ecstasy without a name --
In nightmares begins rationality --
The terrifying distance of the stars --
Interlude on campfires and the sun --
Part 4. What is the nature of good and evil? --
The moral worth of a teardrop --
The beast that is and is not --
Interlude on zombies and superheroes --
Conclusion: The most beautiful thing in the world.
Responsibility: Scott Samuelson.
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