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Examined Lives From Socrates to Nietzsche

ISBN-10: 0374150850
ISBN-13: 9780374150853
Edition: 2011
Authors: James Miller
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/4/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, philosophers offered arresting answers to the most fundamental questions about who we are and what makes for a life worth living. InExamined Lives, James Miller returns to this vibrant tradition with short, lively biographies of twelve famous philosophers. Socrates spent his life examining himself and the assumptions of others. His most famous student, Plato, risked his reputation to tutor a tyrant. Diogenes carried a bright lamp in broad daylight and announced he was "looking for a man." Aristotle's alliance with Alexander the Great presaged Seneca's complex role in the court of the Roman Emperor Nero. Augustine discovered God within himself. Montaigne and Descartes struggled to explore their deepest convictions in eras of murderous religious warfare. Rousseau aspired to a life of perfect virtue. Kant elaborated a new ideal of autonomy. Emerson successfully preached a gospel of self-reliance for the new American nation. And Nietzsche tried "to compose into one and bring together what is fragment and riddle and dreadful chance in man," before he lapsed into catatonic madness. With a flair for paradox and rich anecdote,Examined Livesis a book that confirms the continuing relevance of philosophy today--and explores the most urgent questions about what it means to live a good life.

James Miller, Professor of Political Science and Director of Liberal Studies at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, is the author of The Passion of Michel Foucault and Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy.

Introduction
Socrates
Plato
Diogenes
Aristotle
Seneca
Augustine
Montaigne
Descartes
Rousseau
Kant
Emerson
Nietzsche
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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