The Art of the Good Life

The Art of the Good Life is a toolkit designed for practical living.

Author: Rolf Dobelli

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316445088

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Since antiquity, people have been asking themselves what it means to live a good life. How should I live? What constitutes a good life? What's the role of fate? What's the role of money? Is leading a good life a question of mindset, or is it more about reaching your goals? Is it better to actively seek happiness or to avoid unhappiness? Each generation poses these questions anew, and somehow the answers are always fundamentally disappointing. Why? Because we're constantly searching for a single principle, a single tenet, a single rule. Yet this holy grail--a single, simple path to happiness--doesn't exist. Rolf Dobelli -- successful businessman, founder of the TED-style ideas conference Zurich Minds, bestselling author, and all-around seeker of big ideas--has made finding a shortcut to happiness his life's mission. He's synthesized the leading thinkers and the latest science in happiness to find the best shortcuts to satisfaction in The Art of the Good Life, his follow up to the international bestseller The Art of Thinking Clearly (which has sold more than 2.5 million copies in 40 languages all around the globe). The Art of the Good Life is a toolkit designed for practical living. Here you'll find fifty-two happiness hacks -- from guilt-free shunning of technology to gleefully paying your parking tickets -- that are certain to optimize your happiness. These tips may not guarantee you a good life, but they'll give you a better chance (and that's all any of us can ask for).

Longing for the Good Life Virtue Ethics after Protestantism

tradition and its understanding of the good life and the virtues. Before exploring
this, I will start with a short analysis of the philosophy of the art of living as
basically modern in nature and as quite different from classical and Neo-
Aristotelian ...

Author: Pieter Vos

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567695107

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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This book argues that Protestant theological ethics not only reveals basic virtue ethical characteristics, but also contributes significantly to a viable contemporary virtue ethics. Pieter Vos demonstrates that post-Reformation theological ethics still understands the good in terms of the good life, takes virtues as necessary for living the good life and considers human nature as a source of moral knowledge. Vos approaches Protestant theology as an important bridge between pre-modern virtue ethics, shaped by Aristotle and transformed by Augustine of Hippo, and late modern understandings of morality. The volume covers a range of topics, going from eudaimonism and Calvinist ethics to Reformed scholastic virtue ethics and character formation in the work of Søren Kierkegaard. The author shows how Protestantism has articulated other-centered virtues from a theology of grace, affirmed ordinary life and emphasized the need of transformation of this life and its orders. Engaging with philosophy of the art of living, Neo-Aristotelianism and exemplarist ethics, he develops constructive contributions to a contemporary virtue ethics.

The Good Life

Full of everday examples to make sometimes high-blown philosophy entertaining and relevant, this book shows you in just 30 steps how you can crack the secret to living The Good Life.

Author: Mark Vernon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444136402

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Happiness. We all want it - but how can we get it? Author Mark Vernon has solved the problem by collecting the wisdom of the greatest minds in history and making their thinking on the things that matter most in life accessible and, above all, practical. Full of everday examples to make sometimes high-blown philosophy entertaining and relevant, this book shows you in just 30 steps how you can crack the secret to living The Good Life.

Humor and the Good Life in Modern Philosophy

... preparations for the moral life; better, he remarks, than mere pedantry or empty
scholarship. The true virtuoso understands the principles of harmony that
underlie both good art and genuine character. “The moral artist who . . . is thus
knowing ...

Author: Lydia B. Amir

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438449372

Category: Humor

Page: 384

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An exploration of philosophical and religious ideas about humor in modern philosophy and their secular implications. By exploring the works of both Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury, and Søren Kierkegaard, Lydia B. Amir finds a rich tapestry of ideas about the comic, the tragic, humor, and related concepts such as irony, ridicule, and wit. Amir focuses chiefly on these two thinkers, but she also includes Johann Georg Hamann, an influence of Kierkegaard’s who was himself influenced by Shaftesbury. All three thinkers were devout Christians but were intensely critical of the organized Christianity of their milieux, and humor played an important role in their responses. The author examines the epistemological, ethical, and religious roles of humor in their philosophies and proposes a secular philosophy of humor in which humor helps attain the philosophic ideals of self-knowledge, truth, rationality, virtue, and wisdom, as well as the more ambitious goals of liberation, joy, and wisdom.

The Art of Good Living

Readers recapture the glowing health and exuberance of youth with these simple prescriptions for the good life.

Author: Svevo Brooks

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780395521014

Category: Medical

Page: 178

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Readers recapture the glowing health and exuberance of youth with these simple prescriptions for the good life. Such lessons taught are the forgotten art of relaxation, the joy of playful exercise, and the benefits of clean air and pure water. 20 illustrations.

In Search of the Good Life

This book attempts to fill in the large gap in the Levinas literature, mainly through using a Levinasian-inspired, ethically-infused psychoanalytic approach.

Author: Paul Marcus

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429914792

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

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Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995), French phenomenological philosopher and Talmudic commentator, is regarded as perhaps the greatest ethical philosopher of our time. While Levinas enjoys prominence in the philosophical and scholarly community, especially in Europe, there are few if any books or articles written that take Levinas's extremely difficult to understand, if not obtuse, philosophy and apply it to the everyday lives of real people struggling to give greater meaning and purpose, especially ethical meaning, to their personal lives. This book attempts to fill in the large gap in the Levinas literature, mainly through using a Levinasian-inspired, ethically-infused psychoanalytic approach.

The Good Life

Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness.

Author: Hugh Mackay

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Aus.

ISBN: 1743287976

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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"No one can promise you that a life lived for others will bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it's certain that nothing else will." Hugh Mackay has spent his entire working life asking Australians about their values, motivations, ambitions, hopes and fears. Now, in The Good Life, he addresses the ultimate question: What makes a life worth living? His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way. Mackay examines what is known as the Golden Rule through the prisms of religion, philosophy, politics, business and family life. And he explores the numerous and often painful ways we distract ourselves from this central principle: our pursuit of pleasure, our attempts to perfect ourselves and our children, and our conviction that we can have our lives under control. Argued with all the passion and intelligence we have come to expect from one of Australia's most prolific and insightful authors, The Good Life is a book that will start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly even change the way we live our lives. Shortlisted for Indie Awards' Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014 Shortlisted for ABIA Awards for General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2014

The Art of Life

But they have no realistic alternative to that because acting on their love would
deprive them of a good life , self - respect , and , therefore , also happiness . 3.6
Decency and Good Lives As the just - completed account moves from the
outward ...

Author: John Kekes

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801489792

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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The art of life, according to John Kekes, consists in living a life of personal and moral excellence. This art requires continuous creative effort, drawing on one's character, circumstances, experiences, and ideals.

A Guide to the Good Life

Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life.

Author: William B. Irvine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199792627

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

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One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have. Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.

The Art of Solidarity in the Middle Ages

St Paul, Letter to the Romans, 12.5 THE GOOD LIFE FOR ALL The proliferation of
guilds during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries was catalysed not only by
social instability, but also by the emergence of a new ethical perspective.

Author: Gervase Rosser

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191017558

Category: History

Page: 264

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Guilds and fraternities, voluntary associations of men and women, proliferated in medieval Europe. The Art of Solidarity in the Middle Ages explores the motives and experiences of the many thousands of men and women who joined together in these family-like societies. Rarely confined to a single craft, the diversity of guild membership was of its essence. Setting the English evidence in a European context, this study is not an institutional history, but instead is concerned with the material and non-material aims of the brothers and sisters of the guilds. Gervase Rosser addresses the subject of medieval guilds in the context of contemporary debates surrounding the identity and fulfilment of the individual, and the problematic question of his or her relationship to a larger society. Unlike previous studies, The Art of Solidarity in the Middle Ages does not focus on the guilds as institutions but on the social and moral processes which were catalysed by participation. These bodies founded schools, built bridges, managed almshouses, governed small towns, shaped religious ritual, and commemorated the dead, perceiving that association with a fraternity would be a potential catalyst of personal change. Participants cultivated the formation of new friendships between individuals, predicated on the understanding that human fulfilment depended upon a mutually transformative engagement with others. The peasants, artisans, and professionals who joined the guilds sought to change both their society and themselves. The study sheds light on the conception and construction of society in the Middle Ages, and suggests further that this evidence has implications for how we see ourselves.

The Art of Shakespeare s Sonnets

What is his notion of the good life or the good place? His notion of the Evil One?
What does he conceal from the reader? What does he conceal even from himself
?” [50–51]. Like any poet, Auden knows that the second question cannot be ...

Author: Helen Vendler

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674088603

Category: Poetry

Page: 692

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Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.

Aging and the Art of Living

Maclntyre and Taylor reintroduce the idea of life as a journey, which can already
be found in some of the oldest stories ... discovering or maintaining a "self, ” but it
would also be decisive regarding a good life: " [To askJ'What is the good for me ...

Author: Jan Baars

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421407094

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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In this deeply considered meditation on aging in Western culture, Jan Baars argues that, in today’s world, living longer does not necessarily mean living better. He contends that there has been an overall loss of respect for aging, to the point that understanding and "dealing with" aging people has become a process focused on the decline of potential and the advance of disease rather than on the accumulation of wisdom and the creation of new skills. To make his case, Baars compares and contrasts the works of such modern-era thinkers as Foucault, Heidegger, and Husserl with the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Cicero, and other Ancient and Stoic philosophers. He shows how people in the classical period—less able to control health hazards—had a far better sense of the provisional nature of living, which led to a philosophical and religious emphasis on cultivating the art of living and the idea of wisdom. This is not to say that modern society’s assessments of aging are insignificant, but they do need to balance an emphasis on the measuring of age with the concept of "living in time." Gerontologists, philosophers, and students will find Baars' discussion to be a powerful, perceptive conversation starter.

The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution

Leibniz, “On the Art of Discovery” What fields of learning should a noble and
cultivated person pursue? In 1666 an anonymous author tackled the question.
Many sciences were unacceptable means for cultivating oneself. Theology with
its ...

Author: Matthew L. Jones

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226409562

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Amid the unrest, dislocation, and uncertainty of seventeenth-century Europe, readers seeking consolation and assurance turned to philosophical and scientific books that offered ways of conquering fears and training the mind—guidance for living a good life. The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution presents a triptych showing how three key early modern scientists, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried Leibniz, envisioned their new work as useful for cultivating virtue and for pursuing a good life. Their scientific and philosophical innovations stemmed in part from their understanding of mathematics and science as cognitive and spiritual exercises that could create a truer mental and spiritual nobility. In portraying the rich contexts surrounding Descartes’ geometry, Pascal’s arithmetical triangle, and Leibniz’s calculus, Matthew L. Jones argues that this drive for moral therapeutics guided important developments of early modern philosophy and the Scientific Revolution.

The Smile of Tragedy Nietzsche and the Art of Virtue

2. The. Good. and. Beautiful. Body. And another thing will I tell you, and do you
lay it to heart: surely you shall not yourself be long in life, but even now does
death stand hard by you. —Iliad ...


Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271059516



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Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America

Academics, clergymen, and members of the media continued to ponder
Playboy's significance in American life. ... while Beyond Illustration—The Art of
Playboy, a traveling exhibition of original artwork and sculpture that had
appeared in the ...

Author: Elizabeth Fraterrigo

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199739486

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

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Playboy was more than a magazine filled with pictures of nude women and advice on how to mix the perfect martini. Indeed, the magazine's vision of sexual liberation, high living, and "the good life" came to define mainstream images of postwar life. In exploring the history of America's most widely read and influential men's magazine, Elizabeth Fraterrigo hones in on the values, style, and gender formulations put forth in its pages and how they gained widespread currency in American culture. She shows that for Hugh Hefner, the "good life" meant the freedom to choose a lifestyle, and the one he promoted was the "playboy life," in which expensive goods and sexually available women were plentiful, obligations were few, and if one worked hard enough, one could enjoy abundant leisure and consumption. In support of this view, Playboy attacked early marriage, traditional gender arrangements, and sanctions against premarital sex, challenging the conservatism of family-centered postwar society. And despite the magazine's ups and downs, significant features of this "playboy life" have become engrained in American society.

Mindfulness and the Art of Urban Living

In this book, Adam Ford takes the reader on a mindful journey through the city, absorbing the historical, cultural and philosophical realities of universal urban life, offering his personal experiences and insights alongside meditative ...

Author: Adam Ford

Publisher: Ivy Books

ISBN: 9781908005779

Category: City and town life

Page: 144

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Over half the worlds population already live in cities, and the proportion is rising all the time. The author takes you on a journey through the city, absorbing the historical, cultural and philosophical realities of universal urban life, offering his experiences and insights alongside meditative practices to change our view of urban living.

The Good Life

He was dismissed from Cambridge in 1916 and spent the rest of his life living on
his earnings as a writer and a lecturer . He wrote on almost every area of
philosophy and made an impact on popular culture with such books as Mysticism
and ...

Author: Charles B. Guignon

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872204386

Category: Philosophy

Page: 325

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A collection of 25 philosophical writings from antiquity to modernity that concern the self-directed question of what is the good life. Organized into sections on religious ways, the use of reason, self-exploration, self realization, and social involvement, the book contains essays and excerpts from works by such authors as Plato, Lao Tzu, Augustine, William James, Descartes, Spinoza, Rousseau, Sartre, Marx, and Buber. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Creating the Good Life

In order for him to understand satisfaction has eluded him for seventy - plus years
because he has wished for the wrong things , he would have to learn the art of
reasoned choice , of moral deliberation . ” Or , to put it in the immortal words of
the ...

Author: James O'Toole

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594861253

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

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Draws on the wisdom and teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher to help readers plan for a more useful, moral, and meaningful life, addressing such profound questions as "How do I find meaning and satisfaction?" and "What are my responsibilities to my community?" 40,000 first printing.

Sustainable Consumption and the Good Life

This is the title of Tom Hodgkinson's1 2004 book on the benefits of a slower and
more contemplative life. In an essayistic manner, Hodgkinson muses on such idle
pleasures as “Sleeping In”, “The Ramble”, “On Fishing”, and “The Art of ...

Author: Karen Lykke Syse

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317747801

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

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What does it mean to live a good life in a time when the planet is overheating, the human population continues to steadily reach new peaks, oceans are turning more acidic, and fertile soils the world over are eroding at unprecedented rates? These and other simultaneous harms and threats demand creative responses at several levels of consideration and action. Written by an international team of contributors, this book examines in-depth the relationship between sustainability and the good life. Drawing on wealth of theories, from social practice theory to architecture and design theory, and disciplines, such as anthropology and environmental philosophy, this volume promotes participatory action-research based approaches to encourage sustainability and wellbeing at local levels. It covers topical issues such the politics of prosperity, globalization, and indigenous notions of "the good life" and happiness". Finally it places a strong emphasis on food at the heart of the sustainability and good life debate, for instance binding the global south to the north through import and exports, or linking everyday lives to ideals within the dream of the good life, with cookbooks and shows. This interdisciplinary book provides invaluable insights for researchers and postgraduate students interested in the contribution of the environmental humanities to the sustainability debate.

The Art of Dying and Living

The good life isn't a pain- or anxiety-free one, nor is it a permanent state of
childlike innocence. Truth is important to us, even if the truth sometimes hurts. In
the second place, facing our death-fear is actually a better way to cope with
mortality ...

Author: Kerry Walters

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1570759243

Category: Religion

Page: 250

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Offers guidance on dying and living through the descriptions of the lives and virtues of nine inspirational men and women, including Joseph Bernardin, Thea Bowman, Etty Hillesum, Jonathan Daniels, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Paul II, and Caryll Houselander.