The Conquest of Happiness

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The Conquest of Happiness is Bertrand Russell's recipe for good living. First published in 1930, it pre-dates the current obsession with self-help by decades. Leading the reader step by step through the causes of unhappiness and the personal choices, compromises and sacrifices that (may) lead to the final, affirmative conclusion of 'The Happy Man', this is popular philosophy, or even self-help, as it should be written.

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Overview

The Conquest of Happiness is Bertrand Russell's recipe for good living. First published in 1930, it pre-dates the current obsession with self-help by decades. Leading the reader step by step through the causes of unhappiness and the personal choices, compromises and sacrifices that (may) lead to the final, affirmative conclusion of 'The Happy Man', this is popular philosophy, or even self-help, as it should be written.

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Atlantic Monthly
“Excellent. . . . Sane and forthright; should be read by every parent, teacher, minister, and Congressman in the land.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871406736
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 280,272
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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 the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and the author of numerous books including Breaking the Spell, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    Inspiring and thought provoking

    Bertrand Russell never fails to amaze me with his logic and insight. In this book he has discribed my feelings of depression and self-defeatest attitude to the letter. I personally have never had any serious harm done to me as an adult or as a child and this book makes no impression that it will try to fix those problems (specifically noted in the book). This book has helped me keep faith in myself and look in other directions for my own well- being. He takes everyones life step by step through all of the feelings that you feel when you are down and tells you how happy and sad people have dealt with them. A lot of the information when you read it requires a "DUH! Why didn't I know that?!" in perfect Betrand Russell fashion. A great book especially for the 20- 30 year olds who feel lost and isolated. A great and inspiring read, I will consider this book my bible.

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