By Todd May

ISBN-10: 022623567X

ISBN-13: 9780226235677

ISBN-10: 022642104X

ISBN-13: 9780226421049

What makes for an exceptional existence, or a stunning one, or, maybe most vital, a significant one? all through background so much folks have regarded to our religion, our relations, or our deeds for the reply. yet in A major Life, thinker Todd may perhaps bargains an exciting new mind set approximately those questions, one deeply attuned to lifestyles because it really is: a piece in growth, a journey—and usually a story. delivering relocating debts of his personal existence and thoughts along wealthy engagements with philosophers from Aristotle to Heidegger, he indicates us the place to discover the importance of our lives: within the means we are living them. 

May begins by way of taking a look at the elemental undeniable fact that existence unfolds through the years, and because it does so, it starts off to boost yes characteristics, convinced issues. Our lives could be marked by means of depth, interest, perseverance, or many different features that develop into guiding narrative values. those values lend meanings to our lives which are particular from—but additionally have interaction with—the common values we're taught to domesticate, reminiscent of goodness or happiness. supplying a desirable exam of a huge variety of figures—from song icon Jimi Hendrix to civil rights chief Fannie Lou Hamer, from bike owner Lance Armstrong to The Portrait of a Lady’s Ralph Touchett to Claus von Stauffenberg, a German officer who attempted to assassinate Hitler—May exhibits that narrative values provide a wealthy number of standards in which to evaluate a existence, particular to every folks and but broadly on hand. they provide us a fashion of interpreting ourselves, who we're, and who we'd wish to be.  

Clearly and eloquently written, A major Life is a popularity and a convenience, a party of the deeply human narrative impulse through which we make—even if we don’t notice it—meaning for ourselves. It deals a fresh approach to give some thought to an age-old query, of readily, what makes a lifestyles worthy living. 

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