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The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century

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Duty or Pleasure? This was the legendary choice which faced Hercules and which preeminent philosopher AC Grayling uses as the starting point of his masterful new book. He shows us how much more people can understand about themselves and their world by reflecting on today's moral challenges. Above all, he explores the idea that certain demands and certain pleasures are nece ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published November 8th 2007 by Orion Publishing (first published April 8th 2007)
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Zula
Aug 25, 2016 Zula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nu ii dau numarul maxim de stele deoarece are vreo 20-30 de pagini pe care le citesti in diagonala.
Nu am citit nimic scris de Grayling pana acum, dar cartea este excelenta.
Daca nu as fi stiut cine este autorul cartii as fi crezut ca au lucrat la ea mai multi autori (Alain de Botton, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, ba chiar si Peter Singer).
E o carte despre filozofie, morala si etica. Iar subiectele abordate sunt cat se poate de controversate... si banale.
Nu se jeneaza sa arate o problema sau o
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Catalin Negru
Oct 18, 2016 Catalin Negru rated it liked it
Shelves: morality, psychology
Target audience of the book: Common people, anyone interested in morality and the moral choices of everyday life. The book depicts (or at least attempts to) a sort of a practical philosophy.

About the author: According to Wikipedia, Anthony Clifford, or known as "A. C." Grayling, is a British philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, Univ
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Alan Fricker
Dec 13, 2016 Alan Fricker rated it liked it
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I wanted to give this another half a star. I found many of the arguments clear and helpful (despite reading it tired) but found the middle section rather hard work. It felt like personal axes were being ground a little too much
Heather Browning
Jul 11, 2013 Heather Browning rated it really liked it
I would say five stars for the first section, three for the following two. Grayling is a very readable philosopher with a simple and entertaining writing style; one I would happily recommend to those unfamiliar with philosophy. The book deals with living the 'good life'; the first section dealing with the elements that may make up such a life, followed by discussion on moral issues that affect one's life and the local and global community. I preferred the first section, lately because it spurred ...more
Vicky
Aug 18, 2008 Vicky rated it it was amazing
My favourite modern philosopher, Grayling is as always thought-provocative, even shocking in his discussion on our everyday choices. The biggest one is the choice between pleasure or duty in life. I did not agree with some of his views but mostly I am on his side on many issues.
Shane Wagoner
Jul 19, 2016 Shane Wagoner rated it it was ok
An incredibly shallow approach to the questions of the good life. Packed with one-sided discussions and straw men, this book fails to capture the imagination.
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Anthony Clifford "A. C." Grayling is a British philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.

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