Aristotle Would Have Liked Oprah: Lessons for Living and Other Philosophic Musings

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Health Communications, 1999 - Philosophy - 213 pages
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Philosophy is not just for "serious thinkers", it is for everyone's enjoyment. There are no "answers", just insightful questions -thoughts to help us live our lives. From the birth of philosophy in ancient Greece to the present, this has been the basic premise of all great philosophers. Unfortunately, the words of these wise men are not always accessible to all readers. This book brings the lofty words of great philosophy down-to-earth for all readers to practice, benefit from and enjoy. The author has summarized the basic views of many of the most important thinkers throughout history and related them directly to contemporary life. From advertising slogans to celebrities to familiar phrases, this book shows readers how much of our popular culture results from the teachings of the great philosophers. The book examines such luminaries of thought as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Voltaire, Kant, Hegel, Emerson, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, James, Heidegger, Derrida and Rorty, and relates them to contemporary icons like David Copperfield, Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jackson, Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern. It is a sort of philosophic smorgasbord, and readers are free to select morsels of wisdom in whatever order they choose.

This accessible, easy-to-read, clever, lighthearted book is sure to appeal to all readers. More than merely providing a witty simplification of lofty thought, it reveals deep, universal truths about life and living. In the midst of these chaotic, media-driven times, readers need perennial wisdom more than ever before to guide and inspire them. Aristotle Would Have Liked Oprah and Other Philosophic Lessons for the 21st Century is sure to become readers' irreplaceable handbook for practical wisdom and meaningful living as we enter the next millennium.

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About the author (1999)

Ethel Diamond likes to refer to her education at Barnard College and NYU Law School as part of "her prior life as a young person." It was only after decades of being a businesswoman, wife and mother that she returned to school to study philosphy (M.A.Drew University, 1995).Rereading the wisdom of the great philosphers from a middle-aged vantage point, Ethel was astonished to see how relevant it is to everyday life. Eager to impart that insight in a format that would enable people to use philosophy to enhance their lives, she wrote this book.She states: "In retrospect, I realize that it was the very lessons imparted by these great philosphers tha gave me the courage to change my life--first to return to school and then to write this book. Indeed, I personally represent the type of impact these lessons can have on a reader's life."Ethel lives in New Jersey with her husband, son and two German shepherd dogs. (Her daughter, away at school, reappears between semesters).

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