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The Weight of Things By Jean Kazez

The Weight of Things by Jean Kazez

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The Weight of Things explores the hard questions of our daily lives, examining both classic and contemporary accounts of what it means to lead 'the good life'.

The Weight of Things Summary

The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life by Jean Kazez

The Weight of Things explores the hard questions of our daily lives, examining both classic and contemporary accounts of what it means to lead 'the good life'. * Looks at the views of philosophers such as Aristotle, the Stoics, Mill, Nietzsche, and Sartre as well as contributions from other traditions, such as Buddhism * Incorporates key arguments from contemporary philosophers including Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Nozick, John Finnis, and Susan Wolf * Uses examples from biography, literature, history, movies and media, and the news * Gives a fresh perspective on the hard questions of our daily lives * An engaging read; an excellent book for both students and general readers

The Weight of Things Reviews

"Warmly written... lucid and humanely engaging." The Guardian "This book fills an important niche between academic analyses of the meaning of life and overly popularized 'tips for good living'. I've read quite a few books in this area and there is more insight, wit, and wisdom per page in this one book than in almost any of the others." Edward Langerak, St Olaf College "The Weight of Things is clear, provocative, tightly-argued, and rich with memorable examples. Written in an informal yet careful style, this examination of how we ought to live is philosophically acute and a delight to read." Marcia McKelligan, DePauw University "Kazez provides a bracing forum for engagement [and] presents a framework within which readers may contemplate their own ideas. Fluid writing, accompanied by a provocative thesis." Choice Magazine

About Jean Kazez

Jean Kazez received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1991. She divides her time between writing and adjunct teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. This Mortal World. 2. Strange Lives. 3. Reason and Luck. 4. Is Happiness All That Matters?. 5. Necessities. 6. Puzzles of Diversity. 7. Hard Choices. 8. Trying to be Good. 9. The Religious Realm. 10. Taking Aim. Notes. Bibliography. Acknowledgments. Index

Additional information

NPB9781405160780
9781405160780
1405160780
The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life by Jean Kazez
New
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
2007-04-25
192
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