In search of the good life: a pedagogy for troubled times

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To whom should we look for moral guidance during times of global violence, scarcity, and corruption? For two millennia, Aristotle's writings have taught that the ethically "good life" is the highest purpose of human existence. In In Search of the Good Life, renowned philosopher Fred Dallmayr traces the development of this notion, illuminating the connections between Greek philosophy, Judeo-Christian tradition, Eastern religions, and postindustrial social criticism. Dallmayr searches the writings of Bonaventure, Nicolaus of Cusa, Leibniz, Montesquieu, and others, for models of the good life. In Search of the Good Life, however, is not merely an academic exercise. Dallmayr's investigations apply directly to a number of contemporary issues: the relevance of the classics, the global spread of democracy, appropriate responses to evil, and the public role of religion in a democracy. Dallmayr reinvigorates the notion of the good life as a hallmark of personal conduct, civic virtue, and political engagement, seeking to roust a complacent and self-indulgent citizenry out of a fog of modern amusements and distractions.

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table_of_contents Prominent searchers in the past -- A pedagogy of the heart: Saint Bonaventure's spiritual itinerary -- Walking humbly with your God: Jñanadev and the Warkari movement -- Wise ignorance: Nicolaus of Cusa's search for truth -- The natural theology of the Chinese: Leibniz and Confucianism -- Montesquieu's Persian letters: a timely classic -- Beautiful freedom: Schiller on the aesthetic education of humanity -- Pedagogy for our troubled times -- Why the classics today? Lessons from Gadamer and de Bary -- Canons or cannons? On mobilizing global democracy -- An end to evil: conquest or moral pedadogy? -- Transnational citizenship: paths beyond the nation-state -- Religious freedom: preserving the salt of the earth -- Love and justice: a memorial tribute to Paul Ricoeur -- Appendixes -- A. Multiculturalism and the good life: comments on Bhikhu Parekh -- B. Modalities of intercultural dialogue: UNESCO at sixty -- In a different voice: some afterthoughts on violence -- Building peace: how? -- Notes.
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