The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life

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The Weight of Things explores the hard questions of ourdaily lives, examining both classic and contemporary accounts ofwhat it means to lead 'the good life'.


  • Looks at the views of philosophers such as Aristotle, theStoics, Mill, Nietzsche, and Sartre as well as contributions fromother traditions, such as Buddhism
  • Incorporates key arguments from contemporary philosophersincluding Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Nozick, JohnFinnis, and Susan Wolf
  • Uses examples from biography, literature, history, movies andmedia, and the news
  • Gives a fresh perspective on the hard questions of our dailylives
  • An engaging read; an excellent book for both students andgeneral readers

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What does it mean to have a lsquo;good lifersquo;? Is it a matter of choice or chance? In this engaging book, author Jean Kazez asks the perennial philosophical questions about what we should place at the center of our lives. Incorporating the views of both past and present philosophers, as well as examples from history, literature, media and the news, this concise introduction to ethics and philosophy offers a unique opportunity for personal reflection. Contemplating the importance of happiness, morality, self expression, desire, religion, and family, The Weight of Things invites the reader to explore the difficult questions in our daily lives. Topics are animated by a colorful cast of characters, including fourth century hermits, The Matrixrsquo;s Neo, a Wal-Mart clerk, runaway slaves, and Lance Armstrong, among others. The Weight of Things is a fascinating and insightful search for answers.

About the Author:

Jean Kazez received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1991. She divides her time between writing and adjunct teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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