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  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780525566144
  • Imprint: Vintage USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.00

How to Live a Good Life

A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy



A collection of essays by fourteen philosophers presenting a thoughtful, introductory guide to choosing a philosophy for living an examined and meaningful life. A VINTAGE ORIGINA

Socrates famously said “the unexamined life is not worth living,” but what does it mean to truly live philosophically?

This thought-provoking, wide-ranging collection brings together essays by fifteen leading philosophers reflecting on what it means to live according to a philosophy of life. From Eastern philosophies (Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism), to classical Western philosophies (such as Aristotelianism and Stoicism), to the four major religions, as well as contemporary philosophies (such as existentialism and effective altruism), each contributor offers a lively, personal account of how they find meaning in the practice of their chosen philosophical traditions.

Together, the pieces in How to Live a Good Life provide not only a beginner’s guide to choosing a life philosophy but also a timely portrait of what it means to live an examined life in the twenty-first century.

  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780525566144
  • Imprint: Vintage USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.00

About the author

Massimo Pigliucci

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He has a doctorate in genetics from the University of Ferrar (Italy), a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include the relationship between science and philosophy and the nature of pseudoscience.

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