Nottingham’s independent bookshop | 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH | 0115 8373097

How To Be Good : What Socrates Can Teach Us About the Art of Living Well

Massimo Pigliucci
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Murray Press (Basic Books)
Published: September 28, 2023
ISBN: 9781399804950
272 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


What Socrates’s greatest failure says about a 2,000-year-old question: is it possible to teach ourselves and others to become better people?

Can we make ourselves into better human beings?

Can we help others do the same?

Can we get our leaders to care that humanity prospers, not just economically, but also spiritually?

These questions have been asked for over two millennia and attempting to answer them is crucial if we want to build a more just society. How to Be Good uses the story of Socrates and Alcibiades and examples from Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius and Machiavelli, alongside modern interpretations to explore what philosophy can teach us about the quest for virtue today. With a little work, day by day, we all have the power to pursue the timely and timeless art of living well.

Postage is calculated at 10% of your order value, minimum £1.00, up to a maximum of £3.00. There is a free postage option at checkout if you are housebound/shielding, on low income, or need help with postage costs for any other reason.  Your order will usually arrive within 2-3 working days.