Two Notre Dame philosophy professors distill the lessons of their popular undergraduate course, "God and the Good Life." They invite readers into the classroom to work through issues like what justifies our beliefs, whether we should practice a religion and what sacrifices we should make for others, investigating the ideas of Aristotle, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Iris Murdoch, W. E. B. Du Bois and others.
The authors present philosophical concepts, some ancient, in down-to-earth language illustrated with concrete examples from modern life ... Recommended for those interested in improving their lives through an intellectual approach grounded in the realities of life in today’s challenging world.
... wise and accessible ... though both authors are forthright about their Catholic beliefs, their entertaining and insightful approach to applying philosophy everyday will appeal to readers both religious and not. Those pondering the perennial question of how to live a good life should start here.
... the authors offer a warm, empathetic guide for examining the quality and meaning of one’s own life ... they present a wide range of responses to much-debated moral questions. The authors themselves share candid reflections on the evolution of their own thinking, including 'philosophical apologies'—that is, defenses—of many hard decisions they’ve made. Thoughtful contemplations about thorny moral questions.