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By Julia Annas

The culture of historical philosophy is an extended, wealthy and sundry one, within which the notes of debate and argument continuously resound. This booklet introduces historic debates, enticing us with the traditional advancements in their subject matters. relocating clear of the presentation of historic philosophy as a succession of significant thinkers, the e-book provides readers a feeling of the freshness and liveliness of historical philosophy, and of its big variety of subject matters and kinds.

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The Stoic position here is subtle and hard to 51 The happy life, ancient and modern doing the best he can with inferior leather; but he is too impressed by the Can you be happy on the rack?

He rejects their views, particularly relativism, and he thinks that teaching intellectual skills for money debases these by turning them into commodities, valued for what they do for you rather than respected for their own sake. He also thinks that, just because they do not take it seriously, the sophists are in fact incompetent at philosophical argument. In his presentation of them, of course, they certainly are. 37 The happy life, ancient and modern The most famous sophists were Hippias of Elis, Prodicus of Cos, Thra- bold and made-up; she ran ahead of him and urged him to take the easy road of satisfying desires and going through life doing what he wanted, deliberating only as to how to do so with least effort.

Once you become self-aware, you have to face choices, and deal with the fact that certain values, and courses of action, to fit. What you are looking for, all ancient thinkers assume, is how to make sense of your life as a whole, by bringing your concerns under the heading of your final aim or goal, your telos. For someone who fails to unify her concerns in any overall way is radically in denial about the way all her projects are hers, fit together in her life. What can you say about the way your life is tending, the values you are expressing in your life?

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