By (author) Damon Young


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Most of us struggle with distraction every day: the familiar feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be. We feel it at work and at home and it can be frustrating and uncomfortable. But what is distraction? In his lucid, timely book, Damon Young shows that distraction is more than too many stimuli, or too little attention. It is actually a matter of value - to be distracted is to be torn away from what is worthwhile in life. And for Young, what is most worthwhile is freedom: not simply rights or legal liberties, but the capacity to patiently, creatively craft one's own life. Exploring the lives of such luminaries as Henri Matisse, Karl Marx, Seneca and Henry James, Young exposes distraction in work, technology, art, politics and intimacy. With warmth and wit, he reveals what is most valuable, and what is best avoided, in the pursuit of a life of one's own.

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 14mm | 240.4g
  • 30 Jun 2010
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Acumen Publishing Ltd
  • Durham
  • English
  • 1844652548
  • 9781844652549
  • 121,698

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Author Information

Damon Young is an Honorary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

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Review quote

"This warm and witty book does something wonderful: it brings the great ideas of philosophy into our lives. Young is a bright new voice." - John Armstrong, author of Love, Life, Goethe: How to be Happy in an Imperfect World

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