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by Jim Miller

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added by atbradley | editThe Economist (Jan 27, 2011)
 
Still, while Examined Lives succeeds as a historical resource, there's a nagging sense of unrealized potential here. Miller concludes with a disappointingly ambivalent sell of philosophy as a way of life. Although he insists this ancient notion is still a "real alternative" to faith-based religion and the dry academicism of scientific reason, there's no cogent attempt to define what this "alternative" actually is. Miller weakens his own project when he admits that today we "lack the specific spiritual resources and cultural contexts" to adequately follow these philosophers' examples. Considering that these individual quests for enlightenment often led to persecution, madness, and relatively short existences, what can we really learn from, say, Plato's supposed cause of death (lice infestation)? More relevant connections to 21st-century culture could have allowed Examined Lives to have a fuller life of its own—one that might have extended beyond an undergraduate philosophy syllabus.
 
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Of all those who start out on philosophy--not those who take it up for the sake of getting educated when they are young and then drop it, but those who linger in it for a long time--most become quite queer, not to say completely vicious; while the one who seem perfectly decent...become useless.  Plato, Republic (487c-d)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374150850, Hardcover)

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, philosophers offered arresting answers to the most fundamental questions about who we are and what makes for a life worth living.

In Examined Lives, James Miller returns to this vibrant tradition with short, lively biographies of twelve famous philosophers. Socrates spent his life examining himself and the assumptions of others. His most famous student, Plato, risked his reputation to tutor a tyrant. Diogenes carried a bright lamp in broad daylight and announced he was “looking for a man.” Aristotle’s alliance with Alexander the Great presaged Seneca’s complex role in the court of the Roman Emperor Nero. Augustine discovered God within himself. Montaigne and Descartes struggled to explore their deepest convictions in eras of murderous religious warfare. Rousseau aspired to a life of perfect virtue. Kant elaborated a new ideal of autonomy. Emerson successfully preached a gospel of self-reliance for the new American nation. And Nietzsche tried “to compose into one and bring together what is fragment and riddle and dreadful chance in man,” before he lapsed into catatonic madness.

With a flair for paradox and rich anecdote, Examined Lives is a book that confirms the continuing relevance of philosophy today—and explores the most urgent questions about what it means to live a good life.

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We all want to know how to live. But before the good life was reduced to ten easy steps or a prescription from the doctor, it was the philosophers who offered arresting answers to the most fundamental questions about who we are and what makes for a life worth living. Here, James Miller returns to this vibrant tradition with short, lively biographies of twelve famous philosophers. With a flair for paradox and rich anecdote, this is a book that confirms the continuing relevance of philosophy today--and explores the most urgent questions about what it means to live a good life.--From publisher description.… (more)

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