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Description - A Short Treatise On Great Virtues by Andre Comte-Sponville

Much of the history of philosophy is the history of ethics. From Plato to Satre, the great philosophers have returned to the central ethical questions of how we are to live good lives; how is it appropiate and virtuous for us to behave, both to ourselves and to other? n addressing these questions, Andre Comte Sponville returns to the mainstream of much of the Western philosophical traditon with an utterly original exploration of the timeless human virtues. Short Treatise on the Great Virtues takes as its starting point eighteen human virtues ranging from politeness, prudence and humour to compassion, tolerance and love to help us understand what we should do, who we should be, and how we should live. Comte Sponville offers the reader both a thoughtful and accessible introduction to the history of Western ethics and an exploration of the ways in which the views and claims of the great philosophers can apply and fail to apply to our lives and our moral choices and decisions today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099437987
ISBN-10: 0099437988
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andre Comte-Sponville

In a country that reveres philosophers, Comte-Sponville is latest in a line of French star philosophers that runs from Sartre, through Derrida, Finkielkraut and Bernard-Henri Levy. Unlike the last three, his accessibility and refusal to fly in the face of common sense has made him famous across Europe.

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