The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy

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This book is a study of ancient views about "moral luck." It examines the fundamental ethical problem that many of the valued constituents of a well-lived life are vulnerable to factors outside a person's control, and asks how this affects our appraisal of persons and their lives. The Greeks made a profound contribution to these questions, yet neither the problems nor the Greek views of them have received the attention they deserve. This updated edition contains a new preface.
 

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This book reads like a novel. Page 200 begins a thought-provoking discussion of Plato's Phaedrus. Also, check out the last page pg 421 for an image of the boat and the dream of the further shore that resonates not only with Mayakovsky's suicide note, but also the beautiful ending of Sokurov's Russian Ark.  

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