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Four Reasonable Men: Marcus Aurelius, John Stuart Mill, Ernest Renan, Henry Sidgwick

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"The intellectual style of the Edwardian age is evoked in his lucid, gentlemanly, highly cultivated and deliberate prose." - Lord Quinton, New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 308 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by Wesleyan
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Jake
Amazing book, and a truly comprehensive defense of the thesis that "reasonableness, so often painted in dull, unattractive gray, is the most desirable of all human virtues," and that the ultimate goal of education is not the ability to regurgitate facts, but to be reasonable in all areas of life.

Blanshard carefully examines the lives of four men (Marcus Aurelius, John Stuart Mill, Ernest Renan, and Henry Sidgwick) who were very different in terms of occupation, education, and class, but who shar
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Ryan Holiday
I've read a ton on Marcus Aurelius. Quite a bit on John Stuart Mill. Nothing on Ernest Renan. The back cover has a quote from the New York Time's Book Review describing Blanshard's writing style to the purring of a classic Rolls Royce. I didn't really know what to make of that but it turned out to be eerily descriptive. For the men I already knew about, this was an astute and provocative analysis of their lives and work. For the men I did not, it was an accessible introduction to two extraordina ...more
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