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    DescriptionOne of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have. Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their own life. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.


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    Title
    A Guide to the Good Life
    Subtitle
    The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William B. Irvine
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 180 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195374612
    ISBN 10: 0195374614
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPCA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    B&T Approval Code: A10201500
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A37384000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 188, 171/.2, 171.2
    BISAC V2.8: SEL031000, REL036000
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15230
    LC classification: B528 .I78 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, QDTQ, QDX
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    05 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William B. Irvine is Professor of Philosophy at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of On Desire: Why We Want What We Want.
    Review quote
    regardless of what one thinks of Stoicism, one can still applaud a book that seeks to breathe new life into the idea of philosophy as a reflection on and practical guide to the way we live. Emrys Westacott, The Philosopher's Magazine All in all Irvine does a fine job in offering his 'resolutely practcal' brand of Stoicism to a popular audience. His citation of the original sources is effective and stimulating of interest. His tone is just right one for the popular audience he wishes to reach. Walter M. Roberts III, Bryn Mawr Classical Review