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في السعادة: رحلة فلسفية

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,035 ratings  ·  127 reviews
ما الذي نقصده بالسعادة؟ وهل تتعلّق بموروثاتنا أم هي ضربة حظ ؟ هل هي مسألة ذاتية؟ وهل ينبغي البحث عنها؟ هذه بعض الأسئلة التي يحاول المؤلف الإجابة عنها، في هذا الكتاب.
Paperback, الطبعة الأولى, 234 pages
Published 2016 by دار التنوير للطباعة والنشر (first published October 13th 2011)
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Eric Fritz
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written, not too hard to read, and even had a reference to masochism. That's all I look for in a book. ...more
Duc
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I found this book disappointing. My main criticism with the book is that it presents an oversimplified scientific view of the brain and psychology, which can be terribly misleading. For instance, there is a section where the author discusses the different neurotransmitters in the brain and then describes what they are used for and where they are secreted. Unfortunately, this is completely false. All neurotransmitters are released everywhere in the brain and each of them performs a variety of fun ...more
Ann Douglas
I have to say that I liked the idea of this book more than I enjoyed the actual book. I managed to finish it, but I can't say that I got a lot out of it. I've read a lot of books about happiness and I guess I simply prefer books that are rooted in hard science and/or personal experience. Your mileage may vary.... ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
What a dense little book.

From Socrates, Plato, Epicurus, and Aristotle to the more modern things of brain imaging, genes, and positive psychology, Lenoir takes you on a journey through the different times and what people thought happiness was. He certainly takes a more Aristotle spin on things, which is that happiness is something you can only really have at the end of your life, when you're looking back on wealth, friendship, health, knowledge, and virtue (all of which build happiness up). But,
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Ibtissam
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My second time reading this book. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first time and I'll definitely re read it in the future.
There was a page or two where it felt like I was reading everything is fu*ked, there was some similarities in some of the ideas and how they were presented. This book was released way before everything is fu*ked so...
Anyways, great book. Will read it again someday.
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Jess Dollar
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just about perfect. I loved it. Definitely worth buying to keep as a reference. I really loved the explorations of how different philosophers over thousands of years and from all cultures arrived at similar ideas on happiness.
Adrian
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise but expensive (18€); the good and the bad is how he treats so many topics so briefly. good introduction to hapiness philosophers but too superficial sometimes
Aaron Terrazas
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read a number of books on this topic, I thought this was among the better of them. It is not a light, pseudo-scientific, anecdotal, or journalistic read but rather a serious philosophical exploration of time's greatest thinkers. Well worth the time. ...more
Karla Winick-Ford
"Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." Aristotle.
The fourteenth chapter is especially philosophical. Comparing both egocentric and altruistic loves and how they mingle within relationships falls to a visceral egotist view. Hobbes and Freud pull in dogma and grace, but that's tangental to the true premise.
Contagiousness is a wonderful blessing- this philosophy, outlined starting on page 93, is something we can experience alone or with others. The author p
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Laronda Blessing
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit dense at times, but overall enjoyable and enlightening. It sometimes reads like a philosophy text and sometimes like a conversation between friends, so not a smooth read. Lenoir covers a lot of ground in a relatively brief text in a mostly readable way. We hear about what various schools of ancient Greeks had to say about happiness, what the major world religions contribute, what philosophers and scientists over the years have thought or discovered, as well as what science today is telling ...more
Mandy Johnson
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent overview of many thoughts on happiness and how to achieve it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys philosophy and is concerned with happiness, loving life, dealing with strife/unhappiness, or even one wishing to enlighten her/himself or raise children with a rounded thought on happiness and joy.
Paola
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, france
Good book, the last three chapters took me longer than the rest, they’re so full of insights. It’s interesting how philosophies from different times and different places follow parallel paths that eventually converge and conclude in one big last sentence, so to speak. Can’t wait to read his book on Spinoza.
William Langdon-banks
Content in french is no doubt good but the translation is hugely frustrating as it tries to replicate the long form prose which is acceptable in its original text but in its English translation comes off as long winded and pretentious.
Skylar Hatfield
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to philosophy in general. Would make a wonderful gift. Would be exciting to read and discuss with a group.
Greg Henriques
Slow start but a great ending
Alexandre Bolle Reddat
Wisdom leads to happiness.
Awesome enlightening book !
Winnie Phan
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
the book reminds me that whatever philosophy of life we choose to follow, the way to pursue happiness is simple: love the life we are living.
Realini
Happiness by Frederic Lenoir
Fabulous book

This is a mesmerizing book that just happens to end when I am in an unhappy mood, but that is temporary.
And indeed, I wrote that first sentence two days ago and now I am already happy again.
What is extraordinary at this book is the fact that it covers a wide range of thinkers and deals with happiness from the perspective of the ancients and the modern scholars, the philosophers as well as scientists.
Those quoted and analyzed cover a wide range:
- Epicurus,
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asih simanis
It was a nice read, but since it's basically a wrap up of all existing philosophical thoughts on happiness up to this point, it didn't add anything new. The best part of the book is that he took the time to also explore eastern philosophy while he was at it, something western based philosopher tend not to do (as if all the worlds history just is a linear narrative of the west, excluding all else). I see why his book would be popular in Europe because it is somewhat inline with the feeling of the ...more
Cole Whetstone
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- This is a really good guide on what a bunch of people think about being happy, but the author himself had little to contribute besides some common sense tips. In essence: some people think happiness is the most important thing (MIT) and, of those people, some think that you can control how happy you are, while others (Schopenhauer) think that happiness is predisposed. Realistically it’s a little of both.
- The best way to happiness seems to be to practice controlling the aspects of happiness th
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Aminata
3.5 stars
SooYoung
Picked this up -- because that cover is so lovely! -- while on my streak of happiness books. I only made it through half of it -- not because it's bad, but I think I overdid it with the self-help books, and it contained a lot of the same information/conclusions as Happiness by Matthieu Ricard and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. So much in fact that this book quotes from both.

Overall not a bad book to pick-up. May be easier to digest than Ricard's Happiness.

A few excerpts:

"The pursuit of
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Ron
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, but sort of dense review and overview of the concept, as seen from the perspective of various philosophers, neuroscientists and religious thinkers. The conclusion? We must adjust our concepts of happiness to accord with who we are, where we are. We must know ourselves enough to understand how to enjoy the life that we have, how to make the life that we have as comfortable as we can to suit our characters, and to strive to understand that happiness is not dependent on others' opinion of ...more
Helen
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read up on what philosophers thought about happiness then you'll find this book interesting. He includes philosophers from many different periods and from different cultures and religions and includes concrete examples (e.g., that studies have shown that happiness is contagious). I found this book much more interesting than the last book I read on happiness. One thing that was pointed out by a number of philosophers was that happiness needs to come within and not from the outside ...more
Katie Mcsweeney
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I loved the first 100 pages... Then it all got a bit rambley. Lenoir devoted far too much time in my opinion in explaining the differences/similarities between Eastern & Western religious philosophy.

Personally I enjoyed the passages about happiness and found the exegesis on the different world religions just got in the way - espically since the point he was making was that at their very essence Christian and Buddist theories on happiness are very similar.

I enjoyed many different parts of the bo
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Matthew Osborn
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff, easy enough for anybody. Not particularly heavy or difficult like some hardcore philosophy books. I would have given 4 stars, but because of a special interest in Spinoza, the last two chapters put this over the top to 5 stars for me. The second to the last chapter is a very accessible summary of Spinoza's Ethics, which is a very difficult read in itself (although certainly worth the effort for those who wish to get into it more deeply). And the final chapter is a very nice wrap-up o ...more
Sarah
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Less a self-help manual and more a philosophical overview of what happiness is, how it is viewed, and methods of achievement. Lenoir focuses on philosophy's Big Names, so don't expect any mind-blowing insights from little known names, although the extensive parallel drawn between Stoicism and Buddhism is mildly enlightening. More than anything, this slim volume is a gentle reminder that happiness is an elusive cipher, difficult to define, harder to capture, and most notably present only when it' ...more
Kate
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
What is happiness? Why are some people happier than others? Can we make happiness more intense and longer lasting? Does happiness come from within? Can we will ourselves to be happier? This book attempts to answer questions about happiness using wisdom from great philosophers, such as Epictetus, Schopenhauer, Spinoza, and Montaigne. I especially enjoyed the reading about the similarities between Stoicism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This is an excellent read if you're interested in philosophy and/or h ...more
Debarshi Dutta
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would definitely recommend this book. It accomplishes what it sets out to do. It articulates a clear picture of what happiness consists of. It is a general outline based on the philosophical perspective we assume about our lives and the mutuality about our lives. This book felt good reading. Frederic Lenoir has made a valid statement about happiness, his facts and opinions sums up happiness.

Reading the book would provide a clear idea about how happiness is to be achieved.
Cathy
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bit heaver than I usually read, but I enjoyed reading it. This book provides interesting insight to such a basic feeling, happiness. It is not written in an overly scholarly way so it is brings some high-brow philosophy to the regular reader. This may not be what you take to the beach this summer, but is something worth spending some time with.
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