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The Quest for Character|Massimo Pigliucci
The Quest for Character : What the Story of Socrates and Alcibiades Teaches Us about Our Search for Good Leaders
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The author of How to Be a Stoic asks what might be philosophy's ultimate question: can we learn to be better people?

Is good character something that can be taught? In 430 BCE, Socrates set out to teach the vain, power-seeking Athenian statesman Alcibiades how to be a good person--and failed spectacularly. Alcibiades went on to beguile his city into a hopeless war with Syracuse, and all of Athens paid the price.

In The Quest for Character, philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci tells this famous story and asks what we can learn from it. He blends ancient sources with modern interpretations to give a full picture of the philosophy and cultivation of character, virtue, and personal excellence--what the Greeks called arete. At heart, The Quest for Character isn't simply about what makes a good leader. Drawing on Socrates as well as his followers among the Stoics, this book gives us lessons perhaps even more crucial: how we can each lead an excellent life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781541646971
  • ISBN-10: 1541646975
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish Date: September 2022
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.83 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
  • Page Count: 272

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