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The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters
 
 
Author
Thomas Hurka.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 7.25 x 5.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780195331424
Pages/Publication Date 200/2011
Daedalus Item Code 23279
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For centuries, philosophers, theologians, moralists, and ordinary people have asked: How should we live? What makes for a good life? Philosopher Thomas Hurka takes a fresh look at these perennial questions as they arise for us now in the 21st century. Should we value family over career? How do we balance self-interest and serving others? What activities bring us the most joy? Hurka argues that if we are to live a good life, one thing we need to know is which activities and experiences will most likely lead us to happiness and which will keep us from it, while also reminding us that happiness isn't the only thing that makes life good.

"Most of us know the main sorts of things that can make a life worth living: happiness and pleasure, friendship and love, accomplishment, knowledge, and virtue. But few of us could probably say very much about just what these things really are, and what, exactly, makes them so valuable. That's where Tom Hurka comes in. The Best Things in Life provides an original and fascinating philosophical guide to some of life's most important questions. For the most part, of course, it's not exactly a practical guide—it won't tell you how to find love, or how to be virtuous or successful. But it will give you a far better sense of what you should be looking for, and why."—Shelly Kagan

 
 
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