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By John M. Cooper

This is an incredible reinterpretation of old philosophy that recovers the lengthy Greek and Roman culture of philosophy as an entire method of life--and now not easily an highbrow self-discipline. exceptional thinker John Cooper strains how, for plenty of old thinkers, philosophy was once not only to be studied or perhaps used to unravel specific functional difficulties. quite, philosophy--not simply ethics yet even common sense and actual theory--was actually to be lived. but there has been nice war of words approximately how one can dwell philosophically: philosophy was once now not one yet many, at the same time adversarial, methods of lifestyles. reading this practice from its institution by way of Socrates within the 5th century BCE via Plotinus within the 3rd century CE and the eclipse of pagan philosophy via Christianity, Pursuits of Wisdom examines six primary philosophies of living--Socratic, Aristotelian, Stoic, Epicurean, Skeptic, and the Platonist lifetime of overdue antiquity.

The ebook describes the shared assumptions that allowed those thinkers to conceive in their philosophies as methods of lifestyles, in addition to the special rules that led them to commonly diverse conclusions concerning the top human existence. Clearing up many universal misperceptions and simplifications, Cooper explains intimately the Socratic devotion to philosophical dialogue approximately human nature, human existence, and human sturdy; the Aristotelian specialise in the genuine position of people in the overall method of the flora and fauna; the Stoic dedication to dutifully accepting Zeus's plans; the Epicurean pursuit of enjoyment via tranquil actions that workout belief, notion, and feeling; the Skeptical eschewal of all severe reasoning in forming their ideals; and, ultimately, the overdue Platonist emphasis on non secular issues and the everlasting realm of Being.

Pursuits of Wisdom is key examining for an individual attracted to knowing what the nice philosophers of antiquity idea used to be the genuine objective of philosophy--and of life.

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