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|Abstract||The art of life, says John Kekes, is “the art of making a good life for oneself” (xi). The Art of Life, through a series of examples and general considerations, paints a picture of what might constitute such an art, and such a life. In Kekes’s picture, the art of life involves developing “personal excellences” by creatively responding to the specificity of situations in light of one’s individual ideal; the result of practicing this art should be a life that is “personally satisfying and morally acceptable” (3). Kekes’s employment of detailed literary and historical examples and his generosity of spirit toward the diversity of ethical experience make his discussion engaging and likable, even though the product is unconvincing.|
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