Myshkin was born on a certain day and died on a certain day - and some things happened to him in between. These things presented him with ethical questions, and this book is a record of his attempt to answer those questions.
Discovered by his son after Myshkin's death, A Good Life is one man's reckoning with the life he has led and the choices he made. It is at once a philosophical handbook for living and a pause-resisting narrative.
A Good Life is one man's life (birth, death, education, religion, morality, illness and so on) told through a philosophical lens. It is a riveting examination of the ethical questions we face and the decisions we must make and a defence of the idea that at the beating heart of morality we find love. And it is written with the conviction that, on their own, moral rules and principles are childish things - risible and easily refuted. It is only a life in its entirety that can be morally judged.
A Good Life is sometimes profoundly funny, sometimes deeply serious. It is as listenable as a novel and as provocative as the best philosophy. It is the finest work to date by a charming and brilliant thinker.
Mark Rowlands was born in Newport, Wales. He is a professor of philosophy at the university of Miami and the author of 16 books, including the best-selling The Philosopher and the Wolf, also published by Granta. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
What disappointed you about A Good Life?
I found this very boring - with nothing to redeem it. I persisted in listening but the book offered nothing, no insights, no interesting stories......my only experience of listening/reading that feels a waste of my time.
What will your next listen be?
Not sure, but a book that has already had some reviews.
Would you be willing to try another one of Ric Jerrom’s performances?
Possibly, hopefully he will be a little more discerning of what he chooses to narrate.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I wanted to find some, but found none.
Interesting book on the nature of morality with just one complaint: The switch between the text and the footnotes was a bit muddled.