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Not surprisingly, the disagreements of the great authors regarding the human good are even greater than those regarding human nature. Yet once again, ancient philosophers offer modern readers a soul-expanding teaching, and none more than Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, a book that I have taught a dozen times and that transformed how I look at Seeking honest man for ltr and human flourishing.

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Fine conduct is the beautiful and intrinsically fulfilling being-at-work of the harmonious or excellent soul. With his attractive picture of human flourishing, Aristotle offers lasting refuge against the seas of moral relativism.

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The goal was still the same, but my focus was now the civil and civilizing habits, mores, and opinions that regulate everyday life and that make for human self-command and human flourishing in the domains of work, family, and the plethora of human affairs comprising civil society today.

One result was a book, The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Naturethat began with philosophical reflections on human nature and its moral ambiguity, but moved quickly to discussions of the perfecting customs governing human appetite and eating — from the taboo against cannibalism and the duties of hospitality, to table manners and the virtue of moderation, to festive dining elevated by refinements of taste and North chicago IL bi horney housewifes, to the sanctification of the meal, begun with grace and experienced in gratitude.

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And anyone devoted to teaching the great books of our tradition would surely want to see for himself just what the Good Book has to say for itself, not relying on hearsay. So it was that my search for the well-clothed human being eventually led me to study — at first, because I had to teach them — Seeking honest man for ltr books of the Hebrew Bible.

I have discovered in the Hebrew Bible teachings of righteousness, humaneness, and human dignity — at the source of my parents' teachings of mentschlichkeit — undreamt of in my prior philosophizing.