The Choice Of Hercules

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

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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. With exceptional clarity and unrivalled prose, Grayling addresses the everyday ethical choices which confront us all.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753824434
  • 9780753824436
  • 196,060

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persuasve and strangely consoling OBSERVER
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An enriching and thought-provoking read, it will leave you wondering about what a good and happy life really is. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * an admirably sensible book, soemtimes stirringly written -- Nicholas Lezard * GUARDIAN * an important, thought-provoking, kind and life-enhancing book... general philosophy at its accessible best * TIMES * persuasve and strangely consoling * OBSERVER *
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About A. C. Grayling

A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of numerous books, and is also a distinguished literary journalist and broadcaster. He has been a columnist for the Guardian and The Times, is a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine, and Editor of Online Review London. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. His website can be visited at
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