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The Conquest of Happiness / Edition 1

The Conquest of Happiness / Edition 1

by Bertrand Russell


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

In The Conquest of Happiness, 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138127227
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/27/2015
Series: Routledge Classics Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About 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 University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and the author of numerous books including Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Breaking the Spell, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and Consciousness Explained.

Table of Contents

Introduction Daniel C. Dennett 9

Preface 17

I Causes of Unhappiness

1 What Makes People Unhappy? 21

2 Byronic Unhappiness 31

3 Competition 47

4 Boredom and Excitement 57

5 Fatigue 67

6 Envy 79

7 The Sense of Sin 90

8 Persecution Mania 103

9 Fear of Public Opinion 116

II Causes of Happiness

10 Is Happiness Still Possible? 131

11 Zest 144

12 Affection 159

13 The Family 169

14 Work 188

15 Impersonal Interests 198

16 Effort and Resignation 207

17 The Happy Man 217

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