The Conquest of Happiness

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“Should be read by every parent, teacher, minister, and Congressman in the land.”—The Atlantic
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 ...
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Overview

“Should be read by every parent, teacher, minister, and Congressman in the land.”—The Atlantic
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.”
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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: 247,272
  • 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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