Item #10887 A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life. Andre Comte-Sponville, Catherine Temerson, Trans.

A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life

London: William Heinemann, 2001.

Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". viii, 352pp. Very mild rubbing and creasing to covers and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Price sticker to front flap of jacket. Bound in black paper over baords with spine lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

In this graceful, incisive book, writer-philosopher André Comte-Sponville reexamines the classical virtues to help us understand "what we should do, who we should be, and how we should live." In the process, he gives us an entirely new perspective on the value, relevance, and charm of the Western ethical tradition. Drawing on thinkers from Aristotle to Simone Weil, by way of Aquinas, Kant, Rilke, Nietzsche, Spinoza, and Rawls, among others, Comte-Sponville elaborates on the qualities that constitute the essence and excellence of humankind. Starting with politeness-almost a virtue-and ending with love-which transcends all morality-A Small Treatise takes us on a tour of the eighteen essential virtues: fidelity, prudence, temperance, courage, justice, generosity, compassion, mercy, gratitude, humility, simplicity, tolerance, purity, gentleness, good faith, and even, surprisingly, humor.

Sophisticated, lucid, and full of wit, this modestly titled yet immensely important work provides an indispensable guide to finding what is right and good in everyday life.(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #10887
ISBN: 0434009687

Price: $15.00