Happiness: A History
Derive our happy, or unhappy State....
If Fates Inconstancy we wou'd prevent,
We, in all States of Life, shou'd seek Content...
I've found one thing that doesn't make me particularly happy--
reading about happiness.
Or at least what those from all walks of life, all branches of history, and all realms of faith define as "happiness."
While some of the history in this book was interesting (especially the ancient Greeks' and Romans' take on th...more
1. has obviously not read Joseph Campbell or Ayn Rand and any book analyizing happiness from Every Different Perspective Ever that hasn’t read those authors is just sloppy.
2. tried way too hard to see something that wasn’t really there. It is clear to me by reading the exerpts that most of the thinkers thought very clearly and thoroughly about happiness—there was much less development over time than he cla...more
The book does a good job of going through the ages. Classical Age being about virtue, Medieval being about Christian piety, Ren...more
Today bookstore shelves are stocked with encyclopedia titles like Salt, Zero, The Pencil, Cod, Chocolate, and One Good Turn (A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw). Happiness follows in suit but delivers a surprisingly rounded view of its subject. True to his subtitle, McMahon is more interested in cataloging the manifold interpretations of his slippery subject than in delivering a decisive conclusion of what it should be. A few critics wanted some answers; instead, McMahon raises m...more
I have learned a lot about the people discussed and about my own conceptions and misconceptions of what constitutes happiness. I loved the ending li...more
More later . . .
A look at the bright side - the process is as important as the result.
In the tradition of books by Peter Gay and Simon Schama, Happiness is a major work that draws on a multitude of sources, including art and architecture, poetry and scripture, music and theology, and literature and myth, to offer a sweeping intellectual history of man's most elusive yet coveted goal.
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