Throughout history, happiness has been equated regularly with the highest historian Darrin M. McMahon argues that our modern belief in happiness is the. An intellectual history of man’s most elusive yet coveted goal. Historian McMahon argues that our modern belief in happiness is a recent development, the. “Excellent history” —The Economist. “From Herodotus and Aristotle through Locke and Rousseau down to Darwin, Marx and Freud. The musings on happiness.
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Happiness : A History, by Darrin M. McMahon
Today, human beings tend to think of happiness as a natural right. He will continually change paths “for fear of missing the shortest cut leading to happiness. Definitely worth reading to get a general historical feel to the concept of happiness.
Good people are happy. No eBook available Grove Press Amazon. Classical Age being about virtue, Medieval being about Christian piety, Renaissance about expansion into more secular perspective, romanticism rebounding on the person as an entity and finally post-romanticism taking darrim focus on community and the side effects of industrialization. The propulsion of the chapter’s themes make for a quicker read than I would have thought. What’s new in our capitalist society where most people don’t have to struggle for their daily existence, is the unhappiness about being unhappy.
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But there is a crucial difference between their ideas of happiness and ours. Implanted by advertising, dictated by fashion, and determined by style, individual desire was always socially determined, shaped by the particular contexts in which we live. Enter the 17th and 18th centuries, when a revolution in human expectations overthrew these old ideas of happiness.
I loved the ending li This book gave a good explanation of ideas from Aristotle to Lock to Darwin to Marx to Nietzsche to Freud, etc and is well written. For most of these Classical philosophers, happiness is never simply a function of good feeling—of what yistory a smile on our face—but rather of living good lives, lives that will almost certainly include a good deal of pain.
Darrin M. McMahon
The journey starts with the Greek world where happiness was seen as grace primarily abundance of material possessions from the Gods that could easily be taken away. The Greeks and This is not a history of happiness and welfare of people through the ages.
What you can learn from this historical overview is that the pursuit of happiness in the West is considered to be the core of human existence, but the concept of happiness has been filled This book contains a kaleidoscope of views on the importance of happiness in a human life, and how best to achieve it. Darrjn for long thought of most historians as the librarians of the intellectual world, sweeping together the dusts of knowledge into nice big mounts, while physicists and philosophers chuck spears of thoughts at the ideas that stand tallest, clearing way for a rising humanity.
If you want your happiness to be virtuous and utilitarian, pick mcmauon McMahon’s Happiness.
A History of Happiness by Darrin M. McMahon, Ph.D. — YES! Magazine
McMahon elegantly expedites the discussion of happiness. As we come closer to our present era, it is also clear that in our culture happiness has become a real obsession, and often this mcmaohn is itself a source of frustration and misfortune.
In fact, after pages of people trying to hsppiness and achieve happiness, I’m rather glad that Shakespeare didn’t write for an audience that expected a happy ending, and I’d even side with the character John in Huxley’s Brave New World and claim my “right to be unhappy”.
As always, happiness proves elusive. Mcmzhon, anxiety and uneasiness are features that were always assumed to be eternal companions of man’s search for everlasting peace and bliss. It reflects the age as it wants to be seen by itself. Oct 31, Paul Patterson rated it it was amazing. Historian McMahon argues that our modern belief in happiness is a recent development, the product of a revolution in human expectations carried out since the eighteenth century.
It sounds like a textbook. A History is lively, lucid, and enjoyable. This is the story of “Happiness” as thought of by dead white European males well, Camus makes an appearance at the end.
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But it is also a relatively recent idea in the West which dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, a time that ushered in a dramatic shift in what human beings could legitimately hope to expect in and from their lives.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For the various schools of thought in this area from philosophers to religious leaders to scientists, this book covers all of this ground although I found it both too long and not enough of a deep dive. Feb 14, James rated it liked it Shelves: It goes through the Western history of the concept of happiness, focusing mostly between the medieval and renaissance time-frames giving a more limited focus on 18th century and classical Greek lines of thought.