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The Choice Of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty And The Good Life In The 21st Century

A.C. Grayling

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Prose: non-fiction, Philosophy


Duty or Pleasure? This was the legendary choice which faced Hercules and which pre-eminent philosopher A.C Grayling uses as the starting point of this masterful 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 necessary, not just because of their intrinsic merits but because of what they do for each other.

The Good Life or the good life? With exceptional clarity and unrivalled prose, Grayling addresses the everyday ethical choices which confront us all.

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Praise for The Choice Of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty And The Good Life In The 21st Century

  • persuasve and strangely consoling - OBSERVER

  • an important, thought-provoking, kind and life-enhancing book... general philosophy at its accessible best - TIMES

  • an admirably sensible book, soemtimes stirringly written - GUARDIAN - Nicholas Lezard

  • An enriching and thought-provoking read, it will leave you wondering about what a good and happy life really is. - GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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A.C. Grayling

Anthony Grayling teaches philosophy at Birkbeck College, London and is a fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He is a literary journalist and broadcaster who reviews frequently in the FT and has a regular column in PROSPECT.

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