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The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
 
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The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life [Format Kindle]

Luc Ferry

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“In this marvelously wise and expansive book, Luc Ferry argues for the primacy of Greek myth. ... Ferry writes with warmth, wit, and energy; one could call his prose conversational, but it’s rare to have a conversation quite this wonderful.” (Boston Globe)

“With Luc Ferry as a guide, our passage through the storied landscape of Greek mythology becomes a captivating lesson in philosophy.” (Le Monde (France))

“Ferry’s charm as a teacher bursts through on every page.” (Wall Street Journal)

“A marvelously wise and expansive book. ... Ferry writes with warmth, wit, and energy; one could call his prose conversational, but it’s rare to have a conversation quite this wonderful.” (Boston Globe)

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More than 100,000 copies sold in France

A fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning

Heroes, gods, and mortals. The Greek myths are the founding narratives of Western civilization: to understand them is to know the origins of philosophy, literature, art, science, law, and more. Indeed, as Luc Ferry shows in this masterful book, they remain a great store of wisdom, as relevant to our lives today as ever before. No mere legends or clichés ("Herculean task," "Pandora's box," "Achilles heel," etc.), these classic stories offer profound and manifold lessons, providing the first sustained attempt to answer fundamental human questions concerning "the good life," the burden of mortality, and how to find one's place in the world. Vividly retelling the great tales of mythology and illuminating fresh new ways of understanding them, The Wisdom of the Myths will enlighten readers of all ages.


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Agrégé de philosophie et de sciences politiques, docteur d'Etat en sciences politiques, Luc Ferry mène d'abord une carrière d'enseignant et de philosophe. Entre 1984 et 1985, il publie les trois tomes de sa 'Philosophie politique', dont il écrit le dernier avec Alain Renaut. Cette collaboration se poursuit notamment avec, 'La pensée 68 - Essai sur l'antihumanisme' et 'Système et critique' en 1985, et avec 'Heidegger et les modernes', en 1988. En 1992 paraît 'Le nouvel ordre écologique - l'arbre, l'animal et l'homme', traduit en plus de quinze langues, qui lui vaut le prix Médicis essais ainsi que le prix Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Intellectuel très médiatisé, il mène en parallèle une carrière politique discrète avant d'entrer au gouvernement en mai 2002, à cinquante et un ans, en tant que ministre de la Jeunesse, de l'Education et de la Recherche. Il préside en effet depuis 1994 le Conseil national des programmes et participe en 1997 à la commission présidée par Pierre Truche pour la réforme de la justice. Après la refonte ministérielle de mars 2004, lors de laquelle il quitte ses fonctions, il est nommé président délégué du conseil d'analyse de la société (CAS) et entre au Conseil économique et social.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book but not life changing. 12 juin 2014
Par Laurie A. Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Author Luc Ferry is an award winning scholar and former French minister of national education. He knows his mythology, and goes back to the oldest sources he can find for his reading; in many cases, sources more than 2000 years old. He’s very thorough, and roots out the basic meaning of the oldest Greek myths: the creation, King Midas, the Odyssey, Oedipus and others. A lot of it all boils down to the opposing forces of chaos and order; order (as personified by Zeus et al) must continually beat chaos (as personified by the pre-Olympian gods, Gaia (earth) and Chronos who is time itself). Everyone and everything has a place in the universe, and those who try to go against this natural place have hubris, and will end up punished by the universe. No one can defeat death. Accept this, and get on with living the best life you can- in other words, be an expression of order.

Even people who have never read the Greek myths know something about them; references to them abound in our vernacular (Oedipus complex, Midas touch, Pandora’s box, Achilles heel etc) so it pays to know where these references come from. The book is interesting; the author treats the myths, as philosophy, with respect rather than as childish tales. He shows how many of these myths connect with each other, and tells us why the things that happen to people happen. Sadly, making the connections means some repetition, but it’s not huge problem.

Did reading this book allow me to change my life? No. I’m not even sure how understanding the myths can change my life; perhaps that means I still don’t understand them.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very informative. 1 avril 2014
Par Ray Stefanski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author interprets the Greek Myths according to the lessons they contained for the common man. For unlike the Gods, man could experience life for only a brief time before he expired. The issue for man was to live a good life in light of impending death, which would be possible only if he lived within his means, and did not anger the Gods by his hubris— man’s predisposition to challenge the power of the Gods. The gods punished hubris with fury and destruction to man and his environs.

Prometheus was a demigod and helper of man, for whom he stole the arts and sciences from Athena, the goddess of Wisdom. Zeus realized that man could thereby challenge his power, and threaten to upset the natural order of the universe which would bring about chaos. Zeus thereby punished man by sending Pandora as a gift. When she opened her jar, it released all of man’s ills for all time.

The story has a lesson for modern times: As we exercise the arts and sciences to make us more powerful, we unleash the forces of chaos—nuclear war, climate change and even possibly the ultimate destruction of the planet. Man’s hubris has challenged the gods and the harmony of nature. We’re now left to face the fury and destruction that our hubris has unleashed.

I found this to be an insightful book, and it has given me a greater appreciation of the wisdom of the ancient Greeks. They were the first civilization to address many of life’s problems, and made great progress in philosophy, mathematics, medicine, the arts, etc. Their wisdom is pertinent to this very day.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the field where one cannot begin at the beginning..... 24 mars 2014
Par Hung Tak Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a book long overdue. Luc Ferry has expanded what the late Moses I. Finley, the first master of Darwin College, Cambridge University, started to venture into at the beginning of the 1980's. Ferry, after Finley, endeavors to bring myths into history, the one field of study in which one cannot, or rather dare not, begin at the beginning. So enters here myths. Ferry talks about hubris, but does not go far enough, since even gods in Greek myth, in particular, in Homer's Odyssey, have their lilmits. Athene says: "Not even the immortals can free a man from the dark clutches of death. That belongs to man alone, and no god can share it with him."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 19 février 2014
Par Paul B - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent. Gives philosophical insight into the Greek myths and a unique way of understanding what the myths mean. Highly recommended.
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