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Creating the Good Life: Applying Aristotle's Wisdom to Find Meaning and Happiness

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Professionals and business people in midlife are increasingly asking themselves "what's next?" in their careers and personal lives. Creating the Good Life draws on the wisdom of the ages to help contemporary men and women plan for satisfying, useful, moral, and meaningful second halves of their lives.

For centuries, the brightest people in Western societies have looked to A
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Rodale Books (first published April 14th 2005)
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Daniel Solera
Feb 17, 2011 Daniel Solera rated it really liked it
This was a Christmas gift from my godmother and aside from a few books on religion, it's definitely the first purely philosophical book that I read. If that sounds like bad news, fortunately it's not -- James O'Toole's examination of Aristotelian philosophy is very readable and wonderfully insightful. Creating the Good Life is a blueprint for living "like the Ancient", which is an esoteric way of saying, be a Jack of all trades, attempt to reach your greatest potential, obtain the Highest Good, ...more
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Jul 25, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing
Creating the Good Life: Applying Aristotle's Wisdom to Find Meaning and Happiness
James O'Toole
Rodale Books

"Given the fact that he lived almost 2,400 years ago, what could Aristotle possibly have to say that is directly relevant now?" In fact, people -- especially those at mid-life -- are struggling to find meaning and happiness. Some ask, as Peggy Lee once did, "Is that all there is?" The purpose of this book is show how Aristotle is an effective guide on that search, and how he can help many pe
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Mark
Apr 05, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
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This is a "business world" complement to some of the recent attempts to make philosophy useful to modern people--for example, the engaging CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY and HOW PROUST CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE by Alain de Botton. If you are over 4r or wo, a successful professional, and wondering "what else is there?", this might be a life-changing read for you.
Writemoves
Jan 15, 2016 Writemoves rated it it was amazing
Provides excellent perspective and advice for those on the south side of age 50.
Sherry (sethurner)
I learned some aspects of Aristotle's ethics and their relationship to personal happiness, but I was not overly impressed by the biographical examples the author provided.
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Mar 29, 2013 Lori Grant rated it really liked it
A should-read book on happiness in self development for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
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