This is a multicultural philosophy of art applied to common American and European experience and discussed in relation to Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, and African traditions.
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This inspirational book contains sound advice on the art of living by the late historian, biographer, and philosopher, Andre Maurois, one of the most celebrated and prolific French writers of the 20th century. (Philosophy)
For much of its history, philosophy was not merely a theoretical discipline but a way of life, an "art of living." This practical aspect of philosophy has been much less dominant in modernity than it was in ancient Greece and Rome, when philosophers of all stripes kept returning to Socrates as a model for living. The idea of philosophy as an art of living has survived in the works of such major modern authors as Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault. Each of these writers has used philosophical discussion as a means of establishing what a person is and how a worthwhile life is to be lived. In this wide-ranging, brilliantly written account, Alexander Nehamas provides an incisive reevaluation of Socrates' place in the Western philosophical tradition and shows the importance of Socrates for Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault. Why does each of these philosophers—each fundamentally concerned with his own originality—return to Socrates as a model? The answer lies in the irony that characterizes the Socrates we know from the Platonic dialogues. Socratic irony creates a mask that prevents a view of what lies behind. How Socrates led the life he did, what enabled or inspired him, is never made evident. No tenets are proposed. Socrates remains a silent and ambiguous character, forcing readers to come to their own conclusions about the art of life. This, Nehamas shows, is what allowed Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault to return to Socrates as a model without thereby compelling them to imitate him. This highly readable, erudite study argues for the importance of the tradition within Western philosophy that is best described as "the art of living" and casts Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault as the three major modern representatives of this tradition. Full of original ideas and challenging associations, this work will offer new ways of thinking about the philosophers Nehamas discusses and about the discipline of philosophy itself.
The Art of Living marks Arts Project Australia's inaugural 'Artist As Curator' program. Curated by prominent Australian artist Rhys Lee, the show brings together works by Australian and international artists, alongside Arts Project studio artists, to consider how one can live honestly and bravely through the work they produce. The participating artists explore themes of everyday life. They show us that they live to make art and make art to live.
We all desire a good and balanced life full of freedom, wellness, and fulfillment. But how do we acquire understanding and the timeless wisdom needed to help us attain that goal? Tadeusz Nowicki is a thoughtful truth-seeker who has made it his passion to study life and share his extraordinary findings with the world. In a fascinating study of lifes conditions and human nature, Nowicki shares his perspectives on ancient and modern wisdom, the purpose and secrets of life, the processes of the mind, unhealthy lifestyle habits, eco-sustainability issues, and the future of humanity in an effort to help inquisitive thinkers find order and meaning in their own lives. Included are introspective questions that prompt reflection, carefully researched facts, and valuable resources that will help anyone find contentment and inspiration while on their own unique journeys through life. Art of Living shares wisdom that encourages others to embrace the essence of human nature and become open-minded travelers passionate about finding their own truths.
A guide to the Baha'i faith covers learning to know, love and trust God; the purpose of life; the importance of prayer and meditation; developing faith and certitude; learning to cope with adversities with patience and confidence; and the importance of service to humanity. Original.
The Hindu-derived meditation movement, The Art of Living (AOL), founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore, has grown into a global organization which claims presence in more than 150 countries. Stephen Jacobs presents the first comprehensive study of AOL as an important transnational movement and an alternative global spirituality. Exploring the nature and characteristics of spirituality in the contemporary global context, Jacobs considers whether alternative spiritualities are primarily concerned with individual wellbeing and can simply be regarded as another consumer product. The book concludes that involvement in movements such as AOL is not necessarily narcissistic but can foster a sense of community and inspire altruistic activity.
Life's great moments often occur when we are fully engaged in what we are doing. When an outer project is the basis for such engagement the feeling is one of intense satisfaction; the feeling is love arises when we are so engaged with another; we call it ecstasy or bliss when it occurs during an inner meditative or prayerful moment. The Art of Living Well is about living in the moment in all of life. If we've ever had such a moment of oneness, we already have the tools for living that way. This book details the steps and does so in a deeply practical and psychologically sound way. It is geared toward anyone whois willing to work hard and who feels life has more to it than what we merely see with our eyes. The content is complementary and does not demand any type of specific religious or spiritual practice.