[UCP Books]: A Decent Life by Todd May

Carrie Olivia Adams: coa@uchicago.edu / 773-834-6084 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


“May has a knack for presenting philosophical concepts in ways that are easily graspable, and his advice for living 'a life with a goal more modest than altruism, but better than moral mediocrity' makes such a goal seem attainable for a wide audience. Anyone interested in living a more morally conscious life will want to give this wise guide a look.”

Publishers Weekly



A Decent Life

Morality for the Rest of Us

Todd May


US Publication: April 2, 2019 / International Publication: May 14, 2019
Cloth ISBN-13: 978-0-226-60974-4 / $25.00 / £19.00

You’re never going to be a saint. So . . . How good is good enough? What does it take to live a decent life? Todd May has answers. He’s not the sort of philosopher who tells us we have to be impractical model citizens who display perfect ethics in every decision we make. He’s a realist: he understands that living up to ideals is a constant struggle. In A Decent Life, May leads readers through the traditional philosophical bases of a number of arguments about what ethics asks of us, then he develops a more reasonable and actionable way of thinking about them, one that shows us how we can use philosophical insights to interact with the complicated world around us. He explores how we should approach the many relationships in our lives—with friends, family, animals, people in need—through the use of a realistic, if no less fundamentally serious, moral compass. With humor, insight, and a lively and accessible style, May opens a discussion about how we can, realistically, lead the good life that we aspire to.


Todd May is the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University. He is the author of many books, including A Fragile Life and A Significant Life, both also published by the University of Chicago Press. He is available for interviews. For more information, contact Carrie Olivia Adams: coa@uchicago.edu / 773.834.6084


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