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A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life
A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life Andr Comte-Sponville 0805045562 9780805045567 In this graceful, incisive book, writer-philosopher Andr Comte-Sponville reexamines the classical virtues to help us understa
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A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life by Andr Comte-Sponville

In this graceful, incisive book, writer-philosopher Andr Comte-Sponville reexamines the classical virtues to help us understand what we should do, who we should be, and how we should live. In the process, he gives us an entirely new perspective on the value, relevance, and charm of the Western ethical tradition. Drawing on thinkers from Aristotle to Simone Weil, by way of Aquinas, Kant, Rilke, Nietzsche, Spinoza, and Rawls, among others, Comte-Sponville elaborates on the qualities that constitute the essence and excellence of humankind. Starting with politenessalmost a virtueand ending with lovewhich transcends all moralityA Small Treatise takes us on a tour of the eighteen essential virtues: fidelity, prudence, temperance, courage, justice, generosity, compassion, mercy, gratitude, humility, simplicity, tolerance, purity, gentleness, good faith, and even, surprisingly, humor.Sophisticated, lucid, and full of wit, this modestly titled yet immensely important work provides an indispensable guide to finding what is right and good in everyday life.

Author: Andr Comte-Sponville

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Picador

Publication Date: 2002-09-01

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ISBN: 0805045562


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