The Conquest Of Happiness by Bertrand RussellThe Conquest Of Happiness by Bertrand Russell

The Conquest Of Happiness

byBertrand RussellForeword byDaniel C Dennett

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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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.”
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 Univers...
Title:The Conquest Of HappinessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.53 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:087140673X

ISBN - 13:9780871406736

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A somewhat simplistic but overall truthful account of the primary causes of unhappiness -- and how to find true happiness The context in which this book was written must be kept in mind when reading Bertrand Russell's account of the fundamental causes of unhappiness in the western world. Seemingly overly simplistic in his "prescriptions" for happiness and "solutions" to unhappiness, Russell attempts to both diagnose and cure modern society by finding the root of unhappiness through deconstruction by neatly dividing this age-old problem into simple themes: Family, Work, Boredom, etc. He exposes many truths that must have been bold at the time and still rings true today. I did learn quite a bit. This is an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read! Without a doubt! I read this book slowly so as to savour the read. Reading slowly was important also so as to ingest the finer points of the material. This book instructs people how to find the happiness that surely exists within. The analogies are a little dated but definitely pertinent to our fast-paced, modern lives. A great read for anyone - male or female, younger or older.
Date published: 2005-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this if you're depressed While this book may not hold the key to life-long happiness and fulfillment, it does offer a wise perspective on human unhappiness. Russell, in his own brilliant style, suggests causes for unhappiness and offers reasons for NOT being unahppy. Life isn't that bad! The book has become dated, somewhat, but the underlying issue never will. Helpful for miserable teenagers too(I am 16).
Date published: 2001-06-05