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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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Heather Browning
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
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.
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Anthony Clifford Grayling, FRSA, FRSL (born 3 April 1949) is a British philosopher and author. He is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London and a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He has an MA and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts.
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