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“You've got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” Most of us are familiar with this famous line from the movie Dirty Harry. But perhaps the more important “one question” you should be asking yourself is: “What does lucky even mean?” 

If you believe in luck — or if you absolutely do not believe in luck, join Associate Professor of Philosophy Daniel Breyer as he makes the case for the essential role that luck plays in our lives — and has played throughout human history. In this 10-part overview, he will give you a completely new appreciation for the surprising interplay between luck, responsibility, and free will.  

Using the lens of real-life stories, as well as sharing a plethora of views on the subject from philosophers, writers, and leaders, Dr. Breyer demonstrates how luck affects our views of happiness, success, justice, and knowledge. Armed with the teachings of Aristotle, Richard Wiseman, Neil Levy, and others, Breyer presents the pros and cons of arguments that aim to show that luck undermines free will and renders moral responsibility impossible. You’ll consider fascinating cases of so-called moral luck that just might convince you to reconsider your most basic moral judgments. And you’ll even explore the science of luck (yes, there is such a thing), as well as epistemic luck — a kind of luck that threatens to undermine knowledge itself. 

Perhaps most lucky of all, he’ll reveal practical tips for how to make your own luck, no matter what your fortunes bring.

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life, random events and choices

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am today. love the farmer at the end

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The first and last chapters / lessons were excellent. However Two following chapters about the moral equivalency of two drunk drivers who roll up on a sidewalk where one is unlucky and kills someone and how do we judge them was infuriating. They never once reference the unlucky person who was killed. It’s all about the two drivers and then adding in third and fourth drunk drivers with different scenarios. That’s not luck, it’s consequences of bad decisions. I thought the book had a great premise and really enjoyed the first and last lessons but that middle was difficult to get through. Excellent narration though to end in a positive. The author is lucky he has soothing pleasant voice.

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I have dozens of titles from The Great Courses and this is so boring I cannot...