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The Heart of Things : Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century - A. C. Grayling

The Heart of Things

Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century

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Everyone wishes to live a life that is satisfying and fulfilling, in which there is achievement and pleasure, and which has the respect of people one, in turn, respects. And one of the fundamentals to living such a life is to reflect on the choices we make. In this new collection, AC Grayling invites the reader into a conversation with ideas. From personal questions about happiness and quality of life to wider public concerns such as war and democracy, these essays provide a springboard to thought and to exploring what is best about the human heart and mind.

provocative... a stimulating handbook to the contemporary uses of philosophy DAILY TELEGRAPH

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Personal Themes
Happinessp. 3
The Good Lifep. 8
Wealthp. 12
Quality of Lifep. 15
Mannersp. 18
Readingp. 21
Attitudesp. 23
Pridep. 26
Self-Interestp. 29
Ancestorsp. 32
Self-Restraintp. 35
Solitudep. 38
Romancep. 40
Lovep. 43
Desirep. 45
Marriagep. 47
Monogamyp. 50
Friendshipp. 55
Infidelityp. 59
Cheatingp. 61
Partingp. 64
Nudityp. 67
Pleasurep. 70
Reputationp. 72
Madnessp. 74
Cowardicep. 76
Public Concerns
Reasonp. 81
Opinionp. 84
Prevention and Curep. 87
Indulgencep. 90
Poverty's Pricep. 93
Knowledgep. 96
Empirep. 99
Europep. 102
Fencesp. 105
Informationp. 108
Mr Dean and Jobp. 111
Schismp. 114
Holy Sites and Unholy Rowsp. 117
Resurrectionp. 121
Enquiryp. 124
Democracyp. 126
Debatep. 129
Rhetoricp. 131
Conversationp. 133
Why War?p. 135
Just Warp. 140
Tyrantsp. 143
Mightp. 146
Heroismp. 149
Sacrificep. 152
Crimep. 161
Juriesp. 164
Ultimate Punishmentp. 166
History Lessonsp. 169
Identityp. 172
Mass Valuesp. 175
People
Platop. 181
Aristotlep. 185
Lucretiusp. 189
Cicerop. 193
Senecap. 197
Marcus Aureliusp. 201
Heloise and Abelardp. 206
Emersonp. 210
Dostoevsky's The Idiotp. 213
Jungp. 219
Bernard Williamsp. 221
Edward Saidp. 226
Ideas
Art, Society and Civilisationp. 233
Allergies and the Zeitgeistp. 243
White-Collar Boxingp. 246
The Meroe Augustusp. 249
The Crisis of Thoughtp. 251
Simplicityp. 255
What Next?p. 258
Concluding Thoughts
The Uses of Philosophyp. 263
Russell's History of Western Philosophyp. 268
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ISBN: 9780753819418
ISBN-10: 0753819414
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th January 2006
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.28