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Interesting that a philosopher should publish such a book. My experiences of those who have studied phoilosophy is that they are classic BS-ers, truth is irrelevant; philosophy teaches a set of arguing skills that are employed in order to win the day, lawyer-style, without care for the truth of a situation.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 02:50:19 PM EST
I think you will find this book of his more to your liking:



This beautifully written book by one of the world's leading moral philosophers argues that the key to a fulfilled life is to pursue wholeheartedly what one cares about, that love is the most authoritative form of caring, and that the purest form of love is, in a complicated way, self-love.

Harry Frankfurt writes that it is through caring that we infuse the world with meaning. Caring provides us with stable ambitions and concerns; it shapes the framework of aims and interests within which we lead our lives. The most basic and essential question for a person to raise about the conduct of his or her life is not what he or she should care about but what, in fact, he or she cannot help caring about.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape
by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 03:37:02 PM EST
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by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 07:26:34 PM EST
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Damn I've been sussed ;)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jan 12th, 2009 at 08:57:53 PM EST
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philosophy teaches a set of arguing skills

That sounds British, based on what may loosely be called Oxford Philosophy, that concerns itself with epistemology and the uses of logic. There are other ways of approaching philosophy. French philosophers, for example, are much more likely to concern themselves with the human condition and ethical questions, and to speak or write comprehensibly (and maybe usefully) about them.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 02:33:21 AM EST
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Do you mean and to speak or than to speak?</snark>

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 02:37:25 AM EST
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Than could apply to some ;) but I meant and, thinking of Michel Onfray, for example.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 13th, 2009 at 03:50:06 PM EST
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