The Conquest of Happiness
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The Conquest of Happiness

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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. "show more

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  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 087140673X
  • 9780871406736
  • 12,722

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

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