Pursuits of Wisdom

Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus

Author: John Madison Cooper

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691138605

Category: Philosophy

Page: 442

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"Since Socrates, philosophy has been concerned with how we ought to live. But the sense in which philosophy must be an ineluctably practical activity has become obscured. How could philosophy have ever conceived of itself as centrally concerned with its own therapeutic value? In Pursuits of Wisdom, John Cooper brings this crucial question back to life. This marvelous book will shape the way we think about and engage with ancient philosophical traditions."--Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago "With unparalleled learning, argumentative depth, and great originality, Cooper presents a thorough rethinking of the major Greek moral philosophers. He revitalizes their visions of philosophy as a way of life and shows how they present a powerful challenge to current moral philosophy. The Greeks will never look the same again."--J. B. Schneewind, author of The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy "John Cooper has had a profound impact on the scholarly study of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, particularly in its moral dimension. In this new work, he introduces this period to a far wider audience. His sympathy and enthusiasm for the pursuits of wisdom in antiquity, and the subtlety of his understanding of these philosophical schools, will make this book a classic of its kind."--Richard Kraut, author of What Is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being "The product of a lifetime of study and thought, Pursuits of Wisdom is a detailed and rigorous analysis of the foundations of the major schools of ancient ethics in the overall philosophical systems of their authors. John Cooper's masterwork will thus be indispensable for every student of ancient philosophy in general as well as ancient ethics. But Cooper's study is also indispensable for all students of modern ethics since so much of it originates in these ancient schools. In other words, Cooper's book is simply indispensable."--Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania "This book not only discusses philosophy as a way of life, but manifests many of the virtues such a life might be hoped to embody. There is scarcely an instance in which Cooper's sureness of grasp, vivacity of expression, or clarity of purpose falters. The book invites a wide readership, and should receive it."--C.D.C. Reeve, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Vom Glück des Strebens

Warum der Weg oft glücklicher macht als das Ziel

Author: Chris Guillebeau

Publisher: books4success

ISBN: 3864702674

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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Und jedem Streben wohnt ein Glück inne ... Zu Fuß quer durch die USA wandern oder so viele Vogelarten wie möglich beobachten - das sind nur zwei Beispiele für ungewöhnliche Herausforderungen, denen sich ganz gewöhnliche Menschen gestellt haben. Chris Guillebeau beschreibt, wie das Streben nach selbst gesteckten Zielen Sinn und Glück in das eigene Leben bringt. Chris Guillebeau hat sein Projekt, alle Länder dieser Erde zu bereisen, umgesetzt. Und er hat erkannt: Nicht das Ziel an sich ist am wichtigsten, sondern der Weg dorthin. Nach etwas streben, planen, äußere und innere Hürden überwinden - all dies macht uns oft glücklicher und lässt uns innerlich mehr wachsen als das Erreichen des Ziels selbst. Zahlreiche inspirierende Beispiele sowie praktische Ratschläge weisen dem Leser den Weg: So findet er seine ganz persönliche Herausforderung, so geht er sie an und verleiht damit seinem Leben mehr Bedeutung.

The Pursuit of Inquiry

Author: Jay Schulkin

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791411193

Category: Philosophy

Page: 207

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In an age of over specialization, The Pursuit of Inquiry is a book that bridges the disciplines of speculative philosophy and ongoing empirical research in psychology, biology, and neuroscience.

Building a Life of Value

Timeless Wisdom to Inspire and Empower Us

Author: Jason A. Merchey

Publisher: Values of the Wise

ISBN: 0972022767

Category: Philosophy

Page: 289

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How Do Your Build a Meaningful Life? More than just a book of quotations, this book is a fusion of great thinking from classical to contemporary, from philosophical to poetic. It is a concert of voices, harmoniously blended by Jason Merchey and his thought-provoking essays. It will stimulate your thinking, energize your spirit, and deepen your understanding of human nature. It presents progressive ideals at their best - humane, humanistic, and high-minded. Consider it your shaman, your oracle, your foundation, your blueprint for truly building a life of value. With these ideas we can improve ourselves, our planet, and our future.

Transforming Philosophy and Religion

Love's Wisdom

Author: Norman Wirzba,Bruce Ellis Benson

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025300019X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Norman Wirzba, Bruce Ellis Benson, and an international group of philosophers and theologians describe how various expressions of philosophy are transformed by the discipline of love. What is at stake is how philosophy colors and shapes the way we receive and engage each other, our world, and God. Focusing primarily on the Continental tradition of philosophy of religion, the work presented in this volume engages thinkers such as St. Paul, Meister Eckhart, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Ricoeur, Derrida, Marion, Zizek, Irigaray, and Michele Le Doeuff. Emerging from the book is a complex definition of the wisdom of love which challenges how we think about nature, social justice, faith, gender, creation, medicine, politics, and ethics.

God as Symbol

What Our Beliefs Tell Us

Author: John M. Shackleford

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761830344

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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Although this work is written from a Christian viewpoint, it also presents the symbolic visions of the non-believer. The symbolic examination of God helps us to uncover what it means to be human, and where we are heading as a species. Symbols aid in conveying the abstract ideas that human languages are too limited to express. In the broadest sense, God symbolizes all the mysteries of existence. Any thinking person must ask the question, 'what is the ultimate significance of this frail and vulnerable flesh that clothes the human ego?' God symbolizes these important mysteries, and beckons us to approach him for answers.

Ethics of Maimonides

Author: Hermann Cohen

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299177637

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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Hermann Cohen’s essay on Maimonides’ ethics is one of the most fundamental texts of twentieth-century Jewish philosophy, correlating Platonic, prophetic, Maimonidean, and Kantian traditions. Almut Sh. Bruckstein provides the first English translation and her own extensive commentary on this landmark 1908 work, which inspired readings of medieval and rabbinic sources by Leo Strauss, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emmanuel Levinas. Cohen rejects the notion that we should try to understand texts of the past solely in the context of their own historical era. Subverting the historical order, he interprets the ethical meanings of texts in the light of a future yet to be realized. He commits the entire Jewish tradition to a universal socialism prophetically inspired by ideals of humanity, peace, and universal justice. Through her own probing commentary on Cohen’s text, like the margin notes of a medieval treatise, Bruckstein performs the hermeneutical act that lies at the core of Cohen’s argument: she reads Jewish sources from a perspective that recognizes the interpretive act of commentary itself.

Works of the Author of the Pursuits of Literature

Consisting Of: I. Pursuits of Literature ... II. A Translation of the Passages ... Quoted in the Prefaces ... to the Pursuits of Literature. III. The Imperial Epistle from Kien Long, Emperor of China to Geo. III ... IV. The Shade of Alex. Pope, Esq. on the Banks of the Thames ...

Author: Thomas James Mathias

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English literature

Page: N.A

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Max Weber and Charles Peirce

At the Crossroads of Science, Philosophy, and Culture

Author: Basit Bilal Koshul

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739178016

Category: Philosophy

Page: 236

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This book marks the first time that the leading European social scientist Max Weber has been brought into conversation with the leading American philosopher Charles Peirce. This conversation helps us to better understand the challenges that are facing global modernity in the 21st century and also points to creative ways to redress them.

Lessons Through the Word

Student Edition

Author: Dwight Edward Knight

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477134166

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Lessons Through The Word- Student Edition by Dwight Edward Knight

Plato's Symposium

The Ethics of Desire

Author: Frisbee C. C. Sheffield

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199567816

Category: Philosophy

Page: 252

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Frisbee Sheffield argues that the Symposium has been unduly marginalized by philosophers. Although the topic - eros - and the setting at a symposium have seemed anomalous, she demonstrates that both are intimately related to Plato's preoccupation with the nature of the good life, with virtue, and how it is acquired and transmitted. For Plato, analysing our desires is a way of reflecting on the kind of people we will turn out to be and on our chances of leading a worthwhile and happy life. In its focus on the question why he considered desires to be amenable to this type of reflection, this book explores Plato's ethics of desire.