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Passage to Wisdom: The Hedonic Paradox - John Ortberg

Updated: Aug 22, 2023


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Passage to Wisdom: The Hedonic Paradox

"John Ortberg has a conversation with special guest Mark Nelson and he weighs in on what leads to a flourishing life. They talk about Hedonic Paradox and much more. Dr. Nelson grew up near Chicago, graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in philosophy, and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Westmont in 2006, he taught at the University of Leeds in England. He studies ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of religion. His many publications include: “What the Utilitarian Cannot Think,” “Ethical Theory and Moral Practice,” “Non-contradiction: Oh Yeah and So What,” “Think,” and “Y and Z are not off the Hook: the Survival Lottery made Fairer.” In this series, Passage to Wisdom, John reflects on passages from books that have found particular influence in his life. Today we look at 'The Screwtape Letters' by C.S. Lewis. This is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written." from video introduction


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