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[Starting Points] (What) Can We Learn from Literature?

How can you learn anything from a book full of events that, by the author’s own admission, are completely made up?

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[Starting Points] Zhuangzi and the Parable of the Monkeys

A lively philosophical personality shines through the text. Zhuangzi has the serene vision of a mystic and the lively wit of an inveterate jokester.

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[Starting Points] Socrates and Oedipus: Parallel Lives

Both Socrates and Oedipus receive oracular answers that tell them who they are, and these obscure answers launch them on a quest of self-understanding.

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[Starting Points] Aristotle on the Greatest Human Good

Suppose you could remove all the obstacles to a free and happy life: what would you do then? This is the question Aristotle wants to focus us on.

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