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8/5/08 4:45 AM
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Joe Ray
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Which philosopher do you think has written the best work on how to lead a virtuous, fulfilling and happy life?

I'd be particularly interested in hearing about less known or obscurer philosophers who have written on this subject.

Thanks.
8/5/08 10:15 AM
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Plato, no doubt. Carefully reading his dialogues and thinking about the life of Socrates (both its virtues and its possible limitations) is a course on how to live. It is fundamental. I have found that all other "philosophies" (hedonism, stoicism, egoism, religion...) are mere over-simplifications of one aspect of Socrates' life. All just footnotes to Plato.

Sorry Plato isn't obscure, but I would recommend reading the obscure dialogues as a place to start. There is an EXCELLENT collection of the shorter, obscure dialogues that few people read - along with interpretive essays on each - in a book called "The Roots of Political Philosohy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues". It's great. Check it out.
8/6/08 7:38 AM
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What parts of platos philosophy on how to live the good life do you especially admire?
8/8/08 2:27 PM
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Edited: 08/08/08 2:28 PM
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Nozick.

The examined life.

The chapter on the experience machine is assigned in many universities.
8/11/08 5:47 PM
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 Epicurus
Diogenes the dog
Marcus Aurelius
Schopenhauer
8/12/08 9:16 PM
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Links to Amazon: Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism (Paperback)

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