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Restoring Pride: The Lost Virtue of Our Age

Richard Taylor ✓ 3 characters read & download Ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Richard Taylor read Restoring Pride: The Lost Virtue of Our Age Rejecting the popular notion that everyone is eual and therefore ought to be eually proud Richard Taylor defines pride as justified love of oneself What justifies this self love is personal excellence that is actual achievement of the kind that sets a proud person apart from the rest Examples of the justifiably proud include Socrates Ludwig van Beethoven Malcolm X Willa Cather Pablo Picasso and Amelia Earhart However pride is not a virtue reserved only for the famous People unknown to the world often possess a greatness eual to that of the most renowned heroes The truly proud Some of the ideas of this book are interesting but not very convincing if you take a moment to think of anything contrary to what Mr Taylor is saying Mr Taylor uses many of Daniel Dennett s famously mocked weak argument tricks to move his text forward so Mr Taylor s foundation is weak I thought of many things counter to his argument when Only a fool would disagree or surely etc The text is tedious not because the diction is difficult but because the same ideas are repeated ad nauseum I honestly wonder if the publisher forced Richard Taylor to put in filler text because his initial text was too short The text carried on like a paper written by a kid who had nothing to say from about pg45 until section 3 at page 205 Section 3 on fulfillment and creativity was interesting maybe a total of 30 pages at the end of the book Section 3 the first 45 pages of the book the book starts on page 15 so really the first 30 pages on Stoic goodness and pages 108 112 on the function of humans are the only parts worth reading So really only 64 pages are worth reading and not because I agree with them but because they are interesting These lone pages bump the text from 1 star to 2 stars If the book was only these 64 pages the book might be worth 3 starsThis book did improve my understanding of the Stoics so I found some value here However Seneca was echoing through my mind through most of this text telling me my time is my most precious commodity do not waste it making me wonder if I should just stop reading this text due to the tedious repeating of ideas that were wasting my timeThis text seems to take a leap of faith through Stoicism and Aristotle s texts in the way that the Absurdist philosopher Albert Camus critisized existential thinkers like Jean Paul Sartre or S ren Kierkegaard with their idea of having the freedom to define your meaning It seems that the author finds meaning or fulfillment in some actions than others based on what appears to be Stoic or ancient Western Philosophy metanarratives of what is fulfilling or meaningful or satisfies eudaimonia This book s arguments lean heavily on Aristotle s discussion of the importance of function specifically how when compared to other animals humans excel at thinking This book oversimplifies the human condition then draws conclusions from the oversimplification My personal feeling is that this texts feels a bit late when other texts of the human condition like Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus or Gilles Deleuze s ideas of flows weigh inOverall mildly interesting For the main themes of this book I believe Seneca did it better and Seneca s letters to a Stoic are far less tedious while being much to the point Unfortunately I have not yet read Marcus Aurelius or Epictetus but my guess is that your time would be better spent reading the original Stoics before you pick up this text

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Richard Taylor ✓ 3 characters read & download Ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Richard Taylor read Restoring Pride: The Lost Virtue of Our Age N worthThe proud setting the rules and standards for themselves are apt to be looked on as unconventional However one invariable rule guides their behavior toward others considerateness The same egalitarian standard applies to their treatment under the law in a democratic societyWhile concerned with the rules of manners Restoring Pride is not a book of etiuette Making no effort at political correctness it espouses in a straightforward and jargon free style an ideal of life exhorting us all to explore and cultivate the gifts within us and thus to enjoy the fruits of genuine pri There are three parts of this book Part 1 is an honest somewhat brutally description of the meaning of pride The author has kept political correctness at one side and expressed his views uite freely on personal excellence and the higher worth of those who pursue it His remarks on the people exhibiting a plodding existence can be considering scathing However the ideas become a little repetitivePart 2 is about manners and how proud people should behave This seemed completely pedantic and outdated considering today s age of rapid communication of thoughts and ideas leading to seamless and simultaneous assimilation of various sub cultures into mainstream thereby transforming age old normsPart 3 is about happiness and mostly derived from part 1 The difference between happiness and pleasure was a good read thoughApart from the above the introduction is uite well written and naturally draws attention of any serious reader

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Richard Taylor ✓ 3 characters read & download Ê eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Richard Taylor read Restoring Pride: The Lost Virtue of Our Age Are those who excel in some worthwhile area be it literature science or good parenting Their excellence is based on some ability or strength that they exploit to its fullest potential Restoring Pride is elitist in that it acknowledges that some people are better as human beings than others and that they have made themselves so by perfecting their natural talents The idea of the Sermon on the Mount that the poor and the meek are blessed is repudiated Instead Taylor embraces the classical Greek ideal of virtue as personal excellence without any suggestion that everyone is eual i A self help book that will never make it as such because of its disregard for what is considered politically correct nowadays It s not uite philosophy but a good way to spread some ideas developed by thinkers And it is uite well written as well