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 ...

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.

Bioscience and the Good Life

All being well, the monster's dispositions and his moral thinking would cohere. ... good life'.50 For him, though '[t]he morally good life is a condition for the art of living',51 and though there may be a tension between the art of ...

Author: Iain Brassington

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1780930933

Category: Science

Page: 256

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The field of biotechnology has provided us with radical revisions and reappraisals of the nature and possibilities of our biological existence. Yet beyond its immediate utility, does a life that is healthier, longer, or freer from disease make us 'better' or more moral people? Bioscience and the Good Life explores the complex relationship between modern biosciences and human flourishing, their sympathies and schisms, and the instances of their reconciliation. Here cognitive enhancement, longevity, and the spectacle of excellence in sports, are examined within the context of what constitutes a life well lived. Framing biotechnological innovation in the discourse of duty and ethics, Brassington advances an insightful and involved response to the existing debates between bioscientific optimists and pessimists, one which mediates their differences, and expands the traditional scope of their arguments.

Humor and the Good Life in Modern Philosophy

The true virtuoso understands the principles of harmony that underlie both good art and genuine character. “The moral artist who . . . is thus knowing in the inward form and struc- ture of his fellow-creature, will hardly, I presume, ...

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.

In Search of the Good Life

Emmanuel Levinas, Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living Paul Marcus. I conceive of psychoanalysis as a form of life, a resource for individuals who can appropriate the life- and identity-defining narrative of psychoanalysis when they ...

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.

Primer for Living the Good Life

Second: LIVING A GOOD LIFE. In a culture based on instant gratification, we often seem starved for clear guidance about how to live with basic decency toward one another. I hear Aurelius speaking clearly about the art of living well, ...

Author: David Yohn

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595180647

Category: Philosophy

Page: 159

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This book speaks to concerns which we must address for the Common Good if we are to survive in a civilized fashion. This book speaks about VIRTUE. For a culture in which each individual appears to be given license to decide what is right and wrong in any situation, this book reaffirms the personal and communal virtues and values which common decency requires. This books speaks about LIVING THE GOOD LIFE. For an instant gratification culture starved for guidance on basic values, this book offers guidance on how to live with personal integrity and social responsiblity. This book speaks about the ART OF DYING. For a culture obsessed with longevity and survival at any and all costs, this book provides insights about how to participate in the natural process of dying with dignity. This book provides a map for the by-ways of daily life. It provides an ethical compass which points true north when emotional skies are clouded over and the steering stars of reason and decency seem obscured. Today is the only "here-now" we are given to start living the good life. This primer may help you take a "step in the right direction."

On the Good Life

avoid – in other words, this is the art of the good life. The third subdivision comprises the assessment of logical consequences and incompatibilities, which is the basic requirement for accurate discussion and analysis.

Author: Cicero

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141920181

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 384

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For the great Roman orator and statesman Cicero, 'the good life' was at once a life of contentment and one of moral virtue - and the two were inescapably intertwined. This volume brings together a wide range of his reflections upon the importance of moral integrity in the search for happiness. In essays that are articulate, meditative and inspirational, Cicero presents his views upon the significance of friendship and duty to state and family, and outlines a clear system of practical ethics that is at once simple and universal. These works offer a timeless reflection upon the human condition, and a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of Ancient Rome.

Landscape and Philosophy in the Art of Jan Brueghel the Elder 1568 625

the art of living well. The 'good life' as the product of an artful skill is a concept we found distilled in Brant's phrase that the success of Socrates depends on the gifts of Apollo. Without the art of rhetoric wisdom falls on deaf ...

Author: Leopoldine Prosperetti

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351561154

Category: Art

Page: 294

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In this first comprehensive full length study in English on the art of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Leopoldine Prosperetti illuminates how the work of this painter relates to a philosophical culture prevailing in the Antwerp of his time. She shows that no matter what scenery, figures or objects stock the pictorial field, Brueghel's diverse pictures have something in common: they all embed visual trajectories that allow for the viewer to craft out of the raw material of the picture a moment of spiritual repose. Rooted in the art of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder these vistas are shown to meet the expectation of viewers to discover in their mazes a rhetorically conceived path to wisdom. The key issue is the ambition of pictorial images to bring into practice the humanist belief that philosophy and rhetoric are inseparable. This original study analyzes the patterns of thought and recurrent optical tropes that constitute a visual poetics for shifting genres - no longer devotional, yet sharing in the meditative goal of redirecting the soul toward an intuitive knowledge of what is good in life. This book reveals how everyday life is the preferred vehicle for delivering the results of philosophical pursuits. One chapter is dedicated to Brueghel's innovative attention to the experience of traveling in a variety of wheeled vehicles along the roads of his native Brabant. He is unique, and surprisingly modern, in giving contemporary viewers an accurate account of all the different types of conveyances that clutter the roads. It makes for lively versions of one of his favorite themes: The Traveled Road. By taking the pursuit of wisdom as its theme, the book succeeds in presenting a new model for the interpretation of a range of visual genres in the Antwerp picture trade.

Landscape and Philosophy in the Art of Jan Brueghel the Elder 1568 1625

being while living in the world consisted of following the rules of a Christian ethics and practice the ars vivendi , the art of living well . The ' good life ' as the product of an artful skill is a concept we found distilled in ...

Author: Leopoldine van Hogendorp Prosperetti

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754660903

Category: Art

Page: 274

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In this first comprehensive full length study in English on the art of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Leopoldine Prosperetti discloses the nature of the philosophical culture of Antwerp at the time, show its importance in the lives of cultivated citizens, and reveals the patterns of thought and visual stratagems by which his landscapes underwrite the pursuit of wisdom. The book presents a new model for the interpretation of a range of visual genres, including various types of landscape, that were popular in the Antwerp picture trade.

The Quest for the Good Life in Precarious Times

They migrated because they wanted economic prosperity; however, they do not wish to compromise on the 'art of living together well'. The good life for them is made of both. The case analysed in this chapter shows that, ...

Author: Chris Gregory

Publisher: ANU Press

ISBN: 1760462012

Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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The study of the quest for the good life and the morality and value it presupposes is not new. To the contrary, this is an ancient issue; its intellectual history can be traced back to Aristotle. In anthropology, the study of morality and value has always been a central concern, despite the claim of some scholars that the recent upsurge of interest in these issues is new. What is novel is how scholars in many disciplines are posing the value question in new ways. The global economic alignments of the present pose many political, moral and theoretical questions, but the central issue the essays in this collection address is: how do relatively poor people of the Australia-Pacific region survive in current precarious times? In looking to answer this question, contributors directly engage the values and concepts of their interlocutors. At a time when understanding local implications of global processes is taking on new urgency, these essays bring finely honed anthropological perspectives to matters of universal human concern-they offer radical empirical critique based on intensive fieldwork that will be of great interest to those seeking to comprehend the bigger picture.

The Good Life

One young fellow single-handling a 20-footer told how he was within 60 miles and, in anticipation of the girls he was going to meet, got shaved and ... Well, okay. If you choose to think so. THE GOOD LIFE | 107 TAHITI The Art of Keeping.

Author: Mallory Eaglewood

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460274989

Category: Travel

Page: 148

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This book narrates the fascinating and sometimes dangerous but always thought-provoking adventures of the good ship Mah-lish. In a lighted-hearted and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny way, we enjoy Don and Esther Brown's odyssey around the South Pacific in the 1970's. The people and places you will meet in these pages will truly enhance your life - from the real Robinson Caruso in the Cook Islands to a gracious matriarch in Tonga and a dog who talks with dolphins. You will go hunting lobsters in the middle of the night on Mopelia and find humour in a terrific gale. Exciting, poignant and always engaging – the read is not merely a voyeurism, you truly become a member of the crew sharing laughter, fear and amazement.

The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context

The theoretical engagement with affect and emotions in the mid-1990s has spanned a range of disciplines, ... See In Search of the Good Life: Emmanuel Levinas, Psychoanalysis, and the Art of Living (London: Karmac Books, 2010).

Author: Laura Savu Walker

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498522335

Category: Social Science

Page: 322

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The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context brings together scholars working in the fields of the humanities and social sciences who critically examine the notion of the “good life,” understood in all of its dimensions—material, psychological, moral, emotional, and spiritual—and in relation to the greater good. In so doing, the authors provide interdisciplinary insights into what the good life means today and how a viable vision of it can be achieved to benefit not just individuals but our interdependent world as well.

Cultivating a Good Life in Early Chinese and Ancient Greek Philosophy

This type of knowledge with axiomatic-deductive system became the model of art (technē) for the Greeks. Socrates' Kingly Art in the Euthydemus is supposed to have this kind of hierarchical structure. In the protreptikos logos Socrates ...

Author: Karyn Lai

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350049581

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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This book engages in cross-tradition scholarship, investigating the processes associated with cultivating or nurturing the self in order to live good lives. Both Ancient Chinese and Greek philosophers provide accounts of the life lived well: a Confucian junzi, a Daoist sage and a Greek phronimos. By focusing on the processes rather than the aims of cultivating a good life, an international team of scholars investigate how a person develops and practices a way of life especially in these two traditions. They look at what is involved in developing practical wisdom, exercising reason, cultivating equanimity and fostering reliability. Drawing on the insights of thinkers including Plato, Confucius, Han Fei and Marcus Aurelius, they examine themes of harmony, balance and beauty, highlight the different concerns of scepticism across both traditions, and discuss action as an indispensable method of learning and, indeed, as constitutive of self. The result is a valuable collection opening up new lines of inquiry in ethics, demonstrating the importance of philosophical ideas from across cultural traditions.

Ethics of Care

drastic decisions where life and death are at stake. Ethics is more than ensuring that human dignity is not violated. It is also striving for the ideal of a good life. In this we are aligned with a traditional view of ethics as the art ...

Author: Axel Liégeois

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 152756732X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 212

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When we want to provide good care, we often take the will of care users as our starting point. However, how do we do this for vulnerable people who are highly dependent on care? This book offers a practical and theory-based method for ethical deliberation. It encourages care providers to engage in ethical empowerment, making their own ethically responsible decisions based on values, virtues and dialogue. This method is applied to important social developments that care providers are challenging today, from evolutions around networks and confidentiality, decision-making capacity and informed consent, assertive care and restriction of freedom to euthanasia. The foundation of this method is a relational care ethics, linking everyone who participates in care with the other parties involved. This relationship forms the link between the care user, the next of kin and the care providers. Good care starts from the connection between people. This book will appeal to all professionals in the care sectors, as well as teachers and students of the ethics of care.

The Art of Life

He recognizes that aesthetic and prudential considerations , two of the three " departments " of the art of life ... Since the art of life is moral , Mill thinks , it means that people trying to live a good life are required “ to be as ...

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.

Readability 2 2

Some believe that these actions combined constitute the good life. This is one type of life and learning. If we add the ideas of an art of learning to this kind of life, one should first of all not make an assessment. By the art of ...

Author: - Annandreas

Publisher: BoD - Books on Demand

ISBN: 9179693342

Category: Art

Page: 516

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This book is the second part of the two-part book Readability - Birth of the Cluster text, Introduction to the Art of learning, i.e. do not forget the first part! This book is the definitive guide to reading and learning - or to learn about philosophy, science, and pedagogy. After having read this book, you should have become a better reader and learner, and you should also know a little more about philosophy. Hence, this book could also be seen as a general introduction to philosophy. It can be seen in its content: Part One (524 pages). 1. Reading instructions (25). 2. Pedagogical psychology and pedagogical points (87). 3. Power analytics - an initial relationship to Foucault (52). 4. Phenomenology and the birth of the cluster text (81). 5. Critical hermeneutics and knowledge about reading (102). 6. Micro power learning (learn how to write cluster text) and techniques of discipline (29). 7. Deconstruction and the text in society (62). 8. Positivism and the scientific method (63). Part Two (516 pages). 9. Philosophy, Morality, Knowledge (220). 10. The non-history of the cluster text (30). 11. Ars Legendi - reading and learning (125). 12. Introduction to Ars Discendi - Are texts wrongly written? (60). Appendix I, II and III. (60). This two-part book (1040 pages) is part of a bundle of books that you can use to learn about texts and reading. The others are Are Texts Wrongly Written? (130 pages, 2018), Typographic Manual (170 pages, 2021) and Typographical Investigations (450 pages, 2022?). The two shorter books can be seen as summaries of the two longer ones. Note, for all these books, that the cluster text style is not reflowable and that you need a screen where you can read a line length of 95 characters (i.e. narrow screens are inappropriate).

Method and Morals in Constitutional Economics

Like in some of the paradigm arguments of classical antiquity which related the concept of an art to that of the pursuit of the good life Buchanan , without using the term " art " , as a matter of fact treats political economy in ...

Author: James M. Buchanan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540419709

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 567

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This book contains a range of essays on topics in the emerging field of "constitutional political economy". This field of enquiry is strongly associated with the name of James M. Buchanan whose research program has been the point of departure for this field. The essays are a selection of those written by colleagues and researchers in the field to honor Buchanan on the occasion of his 80th birthday. They cover a wide range of topics but fall primarily into two sets: one set dealing with methodological aspects of the c.p.e. approach; the other dealing with specific applications in a variety of policy areas, ranging from "economic transformation" to monetary policy regimes to health care. One particular issue in the methodological area relates to the model of motivation used - and more especially, the role of "morality" in economic and political behavior. The five essays on this topic make up one of the sections of the book, and justify reference to the issue in the volume's title.

The Quest for the Good Life

Perhaps the reference to flow suggests that happiness is meant to be virtue in act: the art which is constantly being applied makes life flow smoothly and well. Seneca speaks of 'peacefulness and constant tranquillity' (Ep. 92, 3), ...

Author: Øyvind Rabbås

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191064025

Category: Philosophy

Page: 308

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How should I live? How can I be happy? What is happiness, really? These are perennial questions, which in recent times have become the object of diverse kinds of academic research. Ancient philosophers placed happiness at the centre of their thought, and we can trace the topic through nearly a millennium. While the centrality of the notion of happiness in ancient ethics is well known, this book is unique in that it focuses directly on this notion, as it appears in the ancient texts. Fourteen papers by an international team of scholars map the various approaches and conceptions found from the Pre-Socratics through Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic Philosophy, to the Neo-Platonists and Augustine in late antiquity. While not promising a formula that can guarantee a greater share in happiness to the reader, the book addresses questions raised by ancient thinkers that are still of deep concern to many people today: Do I have to be a morally good person in order to be happy? Are there purely external criteria for happiness such as success according to received social norms or is happiness merely a matter of an internal state of the person? How is happiness related to the stages of life and generally to time? In this book the reader will find an informed discussion of these and many other questions relating to happiness.

The Art of Living Well

We have an ineradicable need to show and share our interpretations of the meaning of things to others. ... Aristotle also starts by distinguishing between the good life and mere survival, and he states that politics finds its ...

Author: Paul van Tongeren

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350012858

Category: Philosophy

Page: 200

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In this first English translation of the prize-winning Dutch title Leven is Een Kunst, Paul van Tongeren creates a new kind of virtue ethics, one that centres on how to 'live well' in our contemporary world. While virtue ethics is based on the moral philosophy of Aristotle, it has had many interpretations and iterations throughout history and features prominently in the thinking of the Stoics, Christian narratives and the writings of Nietzsche. The Art of Living Well explores and expands upon these traditions, using them as a basis to form a new interpretation; one that foregrounds art and creativity as paramount to the struggle to act in an authentic and moral way. Acting as both a clear introduction to virtue ethics and moral philosophy and a serious work of original philosophy, this book connects philosophy with real lived experience and tackles, head-on, the perennial philosophical question: 'how do we live well?'

The Art of Dying and Living

One of the most basic facts about humans is that we want good lives. By “good” we generally mean two things, one descriptive and the other prescriptive. Descriptively, the good life is one in which fundamental needs are met, ...

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.