Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide

3.92 avg rating
( 742 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781612194394: Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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.

In clear language, Lenoir concisely surveys what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on the subject, and, with charming prose, raises provocative questions:
 
·      Do we have a duty to be happy?
·      Is there a connection between individual and collective happiness?
·      Is happiness contagious?
·      Is there a difference between pleasure and happiness?
·      Can unhappiness and happiness coexist?
·      Does our happiness depend on our luck?
 
Understanding how civilization’s best minds have answered those questions, Lenoir suggests, not only makes for a fascinating reading experience, but also provides a way for us to see us how happiness, that most elusive of feelings, is attainable in our own lives.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

FRÉDÉRIC LENOIR is a philosopher, sociologist, and religious historian, and the author of numerous essays, books, and novels translated into over twenty languages. He is a professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, one of France’s elite universities, and is the editor of Le Monde des religions, a bimonthly magazine that is part of France’s leading newspaper, Le Monde. He is also the producer and host of the weekly program about religion and philosophy on France Culture radio.

ANDREW BROWN
s most recent translations include works by Proust, Zola, Flaubert, Stendhal, Rabelais, and Baudelaire.

Review:

“An entertaining and affable guide to the topic of happiness. Jacques Prévert once wrote that 'recognized happiness from the noise it made as it left.' Mr. Lenoir does his best to help us hear it as it arrives."
Wall Street Journal

“A brief though well-considered guide to a wide range of the many schools of thought regarding contentment, joy and happiness."
Kirkus Reviews

“Frédéric Lenoir takes us through a philosophical journey that provokes thinking and encourages acting.  Reading Happiness can make your life's journey a happier one.”
Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

“Frédéric Lenoir's Happiness is a skillful, entertaining blend of philosophy and science that seeks to answer a question that thinkers have been posing for centuries: what does it mean to be happy? Happiness is a tough subject to tackle well. Frédéric Lenoir creates a journey that is as beautiful as it is thought-provoking."
Maria Konnikova, bestselling author of Mastermind

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781612195209: Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1612195202 ISBN 13:  9781612195209
Publisher: Melville House, 2016
Softcover

9781612195544: Happiness

RANDOM..., 2016
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Lenoir, Frederic
Published by Melville House (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612194397 ISBN 13: 9781612194394
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Melville House, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1612194397

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 47.97
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Lenoir, Frederic
Published by Melville House
ISBN 10: 1612194397 ISBN 13: 9781612194394
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Melville House. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1612194397 Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z1612194397ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Lenoir, Frederic/ Brown, Andrew (Translator)
Published by Melville House Pub (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612194397 ISBN 13: 9781612194394
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Melville House Pub, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 220 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1612194397

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 48.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Lenoir, Frederic
Published by Melville House (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612194397 ISBN 13: 9781612194394
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Melville House, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111612194397

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 60.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Frederic Lenoir
Published by Melville House (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612194397 ISBN 13: 9781612194394
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Melville House, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1612194397n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 107.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds