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Will Durant: The Value of Philosophy

( Note. Readers of this blog know that Will Durant is one of my intellectual heroes.)

William James Durant (1885 – 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. Continue reading Will Durant: The Value of Philosophy

Examples of Great Writing: “The Value of Philosophy”

Will Durant                                                            Bertrand Russell

Yesterday’s column discussed good writing, mentioning the great prose stylists Will Durant and Bertrand Russell. Continue reading Examples of Great Writing: “The Value of Philosophy”

Will Durant on the Meaning of Life

Excerpts from Will Durant’s On the Meaning of Life:

The meaning of life, then, must lie within itself … it must be sought in life’s own instinctive cravings and natural fulfillments. Why, for example, should we ask for an ulterior meaning to vitality and health? … If you are sick beyond cure I will grant you viaticum, and let you die … But if you are well—if you can stand on your legs and digest your food—forget your whining, and shout your gratitude to the sun. Continue reading Will Durant on the Meaning of Life