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The myth of luck : philosophy, fate and fortune, Steven D. Hales

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The myth of luck : philosophy, fate and fortune
Title
The myth of luck
Title remainder
philosophy, fate and fortune
Statement of responsibility
Steven D. Hales
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Humanity has thrown everything we have at implacable luck-novel theologies, entire philosophical movements, fresh branches of mathematics-and yet we seem to have gained only the smallest edge on the power of fortune. The Myth of Luck tells us why we have been fighting an unconquerable foe. Taking us on a guided tour of one of our oldest concepts, we begin in ancient Greece and Rome, considering how Plato, Plutarch, and the Stoics understood luck, before entering the theoretical world of probability and exploring how luck relates to theology, sports, ethics, gambling, knowledge, and present-day psychology. As we travel across traditions, times and cultures, we come to realize that it's not that as soon as we solve one philosophical problem with luck that two more appear, like heads on a hydra, but rather that the monster is altogether mythological. We cannot master luck because there is nothing to defeat: luck is no more than a persistent and troubling illusion. By introducing us to compelling arguments and convincing reasons that explain why there is no such thing as luck, we finally see why in a very real sense we make our own luck, that luck is our own doing. The Myth of Luck helps us to regain our own agency in the world - telling the entertaining story of the philosophy and history of luck along the way."--
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Hales, Steven D
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Chance
  • Fortune
  • Contingency (Philosophy)
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The myth of luck : philosophy, fate and fortune, Steven D. Hales
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1128422375
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 222 pages
Isbn
9781350149281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1128422375
Label
The myth of luck : philosophy, fate and fortune, Steven D. Hales
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1128422375
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 222 pages
Isbn
9781350149281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1128422375

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