A Philosopher's Guide
Melville House, 9781612195209, 208pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
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From the ancient Greeks on—from Aristotle, Plato, and Chuang Tzu to the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; from Voltaire, Spinoza, and Schopenhauer to Kant, Freud, and even modern neuroscientists—Lenoir considers the idea that true and lasting happiness is indeed possible.
In clear language, Lenoir concisely surveys what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on the subject, and, with charming prose, raises provocative questions:
· Do we have a duty to be happy?
· Is there a connection between individual and collective happiness?
· Is happiness contagious?
· Is there a difference between pleasure and happiness?
· Can unhappiness and happiness coexist?
· Does our happiness depend on our luck?
Understanding how civilization’s best minds have answered those questions, Lenoir suggests, not only makes for a fascinating reading experience, but also provides a way for us to see us how happiness, that most elusive of feelings, is attainable in our own lives.
About the Author
ANDREW BROWN’s most recent translations include works by Proust, Zola, Flaubert, Stendhal, Rabelais, and Baudelaire.
Praise For Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide…
—Wall Street Journal
“A brief though well-considered guide to a wide range of the many schools of thought regarding contentment, joy and happiness."
“Frédéric Lenoir takes us through a philosophical journey that provokes thinking and encourages acting. Reading Happiness can make your life's journey a happier one.”
—Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
“Frédéric Lenoir's Happiness is a skillful, entertaining blend of philosophy and science that seeks to answer a question that thinkers have been posing for centuries: what does it mean to be happy? Happiness is a tough subject to tackle well. Frédéric Lenoir creates a journey that is as beautiful as it is thought-provoking."
—Maria Konnikova, bestselling author of Mastermind