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Issue 48 - 05 | Success-Driven Philosophy: Finding Clarity of Purpose and Achieving Arete Through Philosophical Examination

By Joshua Goldman and Jason Shen
Published July 9, 2008 9:07 p.m.
"This manifesto will facilitate your philosophical examination as you iron out what you believe and why you believe it. We do this by providing a philosophical toolkit, as well as a framework for considering the principal areas of philosophy. Ancient Greek philosophers had a concept they called 'arete'. It is often translated as 'excellence' or 'virtue', but Brian Johnson of ThinkArete says it’s better defined as 'constantly striving to reach your highest potential.' This manifesto will bring you closer to arete."

About Joshua Goldman and Jason Shen | Joshua Goldman and Jason Shen both studied biology at Stanford University. Josh graduated with a minor in philosophy and will attend medical school in the fall of 2008. Jason graduated with interdisciplinary honors in Ethics in Society and is the executive director of Gumball Capital, a nonprofit. They have published in Stanford Scientific, Neuroscience, the Ivy Journal of Ethics and the Princeton Journal of Bioethics. If you’d like to read more, they are blogging at The Success-Driven Philosophy Blog while they work on a book of the same name.

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