A Philosopher's Guide

Book - 2015
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A huge bestseller in Europe, Frederic Lenoir's Happiness is an exciting journey that examines how history's greatest philosophers and religious figures have answered life's most fundamental question: What is happiness and how do I achieve it? From the ancient Greeks on--from Aristotle, Plato, and Chuang Tzu to the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; from Voltaire, Spinoza, and Schopenhauer to Kant, Freud, and even modern neuroscientists--Lenoir considers the idea that true and lasting happiness is indeed possible.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781612194394
Characteristics: vi, 199 pages ;,22 cm


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Jun 14, 2018

I was rather disappointed by this book - the author's tone is often flippant, many assertions are made, few arguments are adduced and analysed, or developed. Even some of the summaries are mistaken, and some others (like utilitarianism and deontology) hardly touched upon (they certainly do not exclude happiness for the moral agent himself).

Dec 17, 2016

How to find happiness is directed at a western educated audience, not philosophy students. The author lets down his hair and shares with the reader what some big names-- such as Socrates, Jesus and Schopenhauer-- have said about the pursuit of happiness. What science says is also considered. The final chapters reveal the author's personal choice, Spinoza and Ma Anandamayi.

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