In Pursuit Of Happiness : Better Living From Plato To Prozac
We all think that we know what happiness is, or at least that we would like more of it. But the pursuit of this rather abstract commodity may be at once the simplest and the most vexing of human endeavors. In Pursuit of Happiness: Better Living from Plato to Prozac is an exploration of the idea of happiness, the ways in which that idea has changed over the course of history, and how it influences ...
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Crown; 1st American Ed edition (July 5, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
Amazon Rank: 2696134
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“This book is a cultural criticism of the "get happy" ethos, where Kingwell provides a much-needed clarification of what happiness should actually mean. That's good enough for me, but it's made even better because Kingwell writes like angels sing.Some...”
ot only individual lives, but also economic and political thinking, psychological investigation, medical practice -- in fact all facets of human life.Featuring Mark Kingwell's unique combination of cultural reportage, historical investigation, and philosophical reflection, In Pursuit of Happiness excavates layers of manipulation to seek out a happiness uncontaminated by technology, advertising, and popular culture. From a meditation on the relevance of Platonic ideas about happiness to a running commentary on the author's week at a "happy camp" in Massachusetts, this is an utterly absorbing and often hilarious exploration of just what it is that makes life worth living.