The Conquest of Happiness

Bertrand Russell (Author) Daniel C. Dennett (Introduction by)
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Description

In The Conquest of Happiness, first published by Liveright in 1930, iconoclastic philosopher Bertrand Russell attempted to diagnose the myriad causes of unhappiness in modern life and chart a path out of the seemingly inescapable malaise so prevalent even in safe and prosperous Western societies. More than eighty years later, Russell s wisdom remains as true as it was on its initial release. Eschewing guilt-based morality, Russell lays out a rationalist prescription for living a happy life, including the importance of cultivating interests outside oneself and the dangers of passive pleasure. In this new edition, best-selling philosopher Daniel C. Dennett reintroduces Russell to a new generation, stating that Conquest is both a fascinating time capsule and a prototype of the flood of self-help books that have more recently been published, few of them as well worth reading today as Russell s little book. "

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
August 05, 2013
Pages
223
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.39 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780871406736

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About the Author

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was born in England and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. His long career established him as one of the most influential philosophers, mathematicians, and social reformers of the twentieth century.
Daniel C. Dennett is University Professor Codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He is the author of Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds; Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness; Elbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth Wanting; Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness (all published by the MIT Press), From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Mind, and other books.

Reviews

'He writes what he calls common sense, but is in fact uncommon wisdom.' - The Observer