The Conquest of Happiness Paperback – 31 Dec 1975
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'He writes what he calls common sense, but is in fact uncommon wisdom.' - The Observer--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). A celebrated mathematician and logician, Russell was and remains one of the most genuinely widely read and popular philosophers of modern times.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Unsophisticated readers, for whom it was intended, liked it... Highbrows, on the contrary regarded it as a contemptible pot-boiler..."
These words are from Russell's autobiography.
The contention of the same reviewer that Russell was a deeply unhappy man is a plump over-simplification of the truth that anyone who is brilliant and intellectually rigorous as Russell was will never - in Russell's own words - find consolation in philosophy. Never satisfied by anything less then what could be backed up by fact he suffered from the corresponding lack of assurance that certainty brings. This does not mean his life was without joy or he was generally unhappy. Read and enjoy, and if you are a highbrow unable to go beyond Principia Mathemetica, at least try to recall that you are a human being for whom cerebration is a part time job and that there is more in Russell then is dreamt of in your philosophy.
The edition you really want, and no other, is the Routledge Classics edition: The Conquest of Happiness (Routledge Classics)
Disregard any other edition you find, it is most likely not the edition you're looking for! (I found out the hard way...via a refund process)
I was very pleasantly surprised and intend to re-read this book annually, Russell wrote this book for a mass audience, combining philosophy, psychology and common sense Russell first surveys what he believes to be the main causes of unhappiness, byronic unhappiness, competition, boredom and excitment, fatigue, envy, the sense of sin, persecution mania and fears of public opinion, and then proceeds to consider the possible sources of happiness Zest, affection, the family, work, impersonal interests and effort or resignation.
Some of it can appear dated and the work of the age in which it was written, for instance I think that he wrote about a sense of sin at a time where this could be a great deal more troubling to the conscience than present day, then again I remind myself that there are probably people and places where this remains very much the case today.
I cant fault Russell in his ultimate conclusion that to be happy one should live objectively, have a wide range of interests and be as sincerely and genuinely interested in and warm towards others, engaging with the world instead of retreating from it where possible. The book is full of great advice about how living after this fashion can permit you to cope with the sources of unhappiness which Russell perceives.Read more ›
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I was disappointed that this book was not the original. After reading through the chapters, it appeared that this book was written by someone else summarising Bertrand's ideas; he uses his own style and reads like a self-help book. He does make it more current by giving examples from our time which is good. When I bought this book I expected it to be that written by Bertrand Russell and was interested in how he writes his thoughts. If I just wanted a summary of the ideas I could have found them on the internet or youtube.
Overall it was still a good read.
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All I can say about this is. WOW. Excellent product. Accurate positive reviews. Would highly recommend for the price. Unbeatable.Published 26 days ago by A Rees
Very useful, plenty to discuss. Published in 1930 but works now too. Useful for a reader of any age. An antidote to our frantic, bitchy, angry,selfish times.Published 1 month ago by Doretta Meshiea
I thought this was the original book but it is just short notes on the book. I was annoyed to realise that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David P.
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This edition is NOT Bertrand Russell's book. It is merely a commentary on Russell by an unidentified and inferior author. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Neil Bartlett
This isn't Russell's book, even though it says it is! It some sort of self-help book inspired by Russell's original book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
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