Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche

Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche

Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche


A New York Times outstanding booklet for 2011

We all need to know the best way to reside. yet ahead of the nice lifestyles was once decreased to 10 effortless steps or a prescription from the health care provider, philosophers provided arresting solutions to the main primary questions on who we're and what makes for a lifestyles worthy living.

In Examined Lives, James Miller returns to this brilliant culture with brief, energetic biographies of twelve recognized philosophers. Socrates spent his lifestyles reading himself and the assumptions of others. His most renowned scholar, Plato, risked his recognition to coach a tyrant. Diogenes carried a vibrant lamp in extensive sunlight and introduced he was once "looking for a man." Aristotle's alliance with Alexander the good presaged Seneca's complicated function within the courtroom of the Roman Emperor Nero. Augustine chanced on God inside himself. Montaigne and Descartes struggled to discover their private convictions in eras of murderous spiritual struggle. Rousseau aspired to a lifetime of excellent advantage. Kant elaborated a brand new perfect of autonomy. Emerson effectively preached a gospel of self-reliance for the recent American kingdom. And Nietzsche attempted "to compose into one and produce jointly what's fragment and riddle and dreadful likelihood in man," ahead of he lapsed into catatonic insanity.

With an aptitude for paradox and wealthy anecdote, Examined Lives is a e-book that confirms the ongoing relevance of philosophy today―and explores the main pressing questions on what it potential to reside an exceptional life.

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