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Six Myths about the Good Life: Thinking about What Has Value
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Joel Kupperman's little book on the good life is an impressively subtle introduction to this ancient subject, which also fulfils its promise of engaging a general reader. Ranging through the usual suspects hedonism, happiness, reason and virtue and the not so usual reaching a point of equilibrium , we are shown how each of these tempting accounts contains an element of truth, but cannot account for the whole story. This negative project is accompanied by the positive argument that properly understood, a life of true virtue will be rewarding, however rarely attained. While explicitly an exploration of good lives, the broader theme of the book, as the subtitle suggests, is an exploration of particular values and their role in making a life desirable. In the final chapter Kupperman turns briefly to meta-ethics, arguing that knowledge of what has value is tricky but still possible. Kupperman conceives Six Myths About the Good Life as a kind of 'philosophical therapy', "loosening the hold of attractive and simple ideas that get in the way of our intelligence" ix. The aim is to encourage further thought, and the reader is left at the end to "find [his or her] own way out" x.
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Kupperman of the University of Connecticut. Its primary focus is on what has value , and which values are most worth espousing in life — a question central to what is known as the philosophy of life.
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