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So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback): Jon Ronson So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback)
Jon Ronson
R330 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R47 (14%) In stock

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, comes a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.'

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice?

We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

Montaigne in Barn Boots - An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy (Hardcover): Michael Perry Montaigne in Barn Boots - An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy (Hardcover)
Michael Perry
R475 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R115 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
My Notebook (Paperback): Eric Cantona My Notebook (Paperback)
Eric Cantona 1
R306 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R52 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

On the field or off, Eric 'The King' Cantona has always been known as an artist. Passionate about painting and photography from a very young age, he more recently took to writing, drawing and sketching out his thoughts in small Moleskine diaries. This book is the reproduction of his notebooks.Through these never-before-seen drawings, in his faux-naive style, Eric Cantona questions every aspects of the world around us - whether it's love, death, absurdity or society. With his trademark wit and wordplay, Cantona interrogates our paradoxes and contradictions, and the absurdity of the world as only he knows how.These notebooks are as funny as they are poetic and philosophical. But foremost, they're an ode to living, loving, sharing and contemplation.

Frantz Fanon, psychiatry and politics (Paperback): Nigel C. Gibson, Roberto Beneduce Frantz Fanon, psychiatry and politics (Paperback)
Nigel C. Gibson, Roberto Beneduce
R350 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R31 (9%) Within 4 - 10 working days

The revolutionary and psychiatrist Frantz Fanon was a foundational figure in postcolonial and decolonial thought and practice, yet his psychiatric work still has only been studied peripherally. That is in part because most of his psychiatric writings have remained untranslated. With a focus on Fanonís key psychiatry texts, Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics considers Fanonís psychiatric writings as materials anticipating as well as accompanying Fanonís better known works, written between 1952 and 1961 (Black Skin, White Masks; A Dying Colonialism, Toward the African Revolution, The Wretched of the Earth). Both clinical and political, they draw on another notion of psychiatry that intersects history, ethnology, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. The authors argue that Fanonís work inaugurates a critical ethnopsychiatry based on a new concept of culture (anchored to historical events, particular situations, and lived experience) and on the relationship between the psychological and the cultural. Thus, Gibson and Beneduce contend that Fanonís psychiatric writings also express Fanonís wish, as he puts it in The Wretched of the Earth, to ďdevelop a new way of thinking, not only for us but for humanity.Ē

Philosophy in 50 Milestone Moments - A Timeline of Philosophical Landmarks (Hardcover): Daniel Smith Philosophy in 50 Milestone Moments - A Timeline of Philosophical Landmarks (Hardcover)
Daniel Smith
R241 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R53 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days
Oor Gode En Afgode (Afrikaans, Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Marthinus Versfeld Oor Gode En Afgode (Afrikaans, Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Marthinus Versfeld; Foreword by Ernst Wolff
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Within 10 - 15 working days

Oor Gode En Afgode is ’n herdruk van ’n vyftal essays van die Suid-Afrikaanse filosoof Marthinus Versfeld.

Die bundel het oorspronklik reeds in 1948 verskyn, maar die kwessies wat hierin bespreek word, is vandag steeds aktueel. Versfeld se groot bekommernis hier is dat die Westerse mens se opvatting van redelikheid en sy verhouding met die wÍreld om ons, sedert die Verligting baie verskraal het. Met verwysings na die kerkvader Augustinus en groot Middeleeuse filosowe soos Thomas van Aquinas, toon Versfeld aan dat hierdie ouer denkers se sienings van die skepping en die Skepper tot ’n meer geÔntegreerde beeld van die mens en sy plek in die werklikheid kan bydra, ’n siening wat ook in ons postmoderne era aanklank by denkende lesers behoort te vind.

Die bundel bevat verder ’n kritiese bespreking van die Franse filosoof Jean-Jacques Rousseau en die oordrewe rol van die Staat in ons tyd (iets wat bekommerde Suid-Afrikaners met instemming kan lees), die verval in moraliteit en die oorheersing van die masjien in die lewe van die gewone mens. Dit is nie Versfeld se toeganklikste werk nie, maar die skrywer slaag steeds daarin om ingewikkelde filosofiese begrippe in eenvoudige taal oor te dra.

Die bundel word ingelei deur prof. Ernst Wolff, ’n kenner van die werk van Versfeld.

Frantz Fanon - Toward a revolutionary humanism (Paperback): Christopher J Lee Frantz Fanon - Toward a revolutionary humanism (Paperback)
Christopher J Lee
R160 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R12 (7%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon (1925Ė1961) is one of the most important intellectuals of the twentieth century. Born on the island of Martinique, he died in the United States from cancer, following a meteoric career that took him to France, Algeria, Tunisia, and numerous places in between. He presented powerful critiques of racism, colonialism and nationalism in his classic books, Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961). Yet Fanon remains controversial, given his advocacy of violent struggle, and, consequently, is often misunderstood. This biography seeks to demythologise Fanon by situating his life and ideas within the historical circumstances he encountered. Synthesising a range of secondary literature with first-hand readings of his work, it elevates enduring aspects of Fanonís legacy, while also countering interpretations of his writing that have granted uncritical omniscience to his views. Written with clarity and passion, Christopher Leeís account ultimately argues for the complexity of Frantz Fanon and his continued importance today.

Happy - Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine (Paperback): Derren Brown Happy - Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine (Paperback)
Derren Brown 1
R224 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R47 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER `Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love' Alain de Botton Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help's suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that `everything's fine' even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.

True Detective and Philosophy (Paperback): William Irwin True Detective and Philosophy (Paperback)
William Irwin; Jacob Graham, Tom Sparrow
R262 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R43 (16%) Within 7 - 13 working days

Investigating the trail of philosophical leads in HBO s chilling True Detective series, an elite team of philosophers examine far-reaching riddles including human pessimism, Rust s anti-natalism, the problem of evil, and the flat circle . The first book dedicated to exploring the far-reaching philosophical questions behind the darkly complex and Emmy-nominated HBO True Detective seriesExplores in a fun but insightful way the rich philosophical and existential experiences that arise from this gripping showGives new perspectives on the characters in the series, its storylines, and its themes by investigating core questions such as: Why Life Rather Than Death? Cosmic Horror and Hopeful Pessimism, the Illusion of Self, Noir, Tragedy, Philosopher-Detectives, and much, much moreDraws together an elite team of philosophers to shine new light on why this genre-expanding show has inspired such a fervently questioning fan-base

The Sacred Revival - Magic, Mind & Meaning in a Technological Age (Hardcover): Kingsley Denis The Sacred Revival - Magic, Mind & Meaning in a Technological Age (Hardcover)
Kingsley Denis
R303 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R70 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Isn't This Fun? - Investigating the Serious Business of Enjoying Ourselves (Paperback, Paperback Original): Michael Foley Isn't This Fun? - Investigating the Serious Business of Enjoying Ourselves (Paperback, Paperback Original)
Michael Foley 1
R239 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R53 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Michael Foley wants to understand why he doesn't appear to be experiencing as much 'fun' as everyone else. So, with characteristic wit and humour, he sets out to understand what fun really means, examining its heritage, its cultural significance and the various activities we associate with fun. He investigates pursuits such as dancing, sex, holidays, sport, gaming and comedy, and concludes that fun is not easy, simple and fixed, as many seem to believe, but elusive, complex and constantly changing. In fact, fun is a profoundly serious business - a range of new group rituals evolving in response to cultural developments, often motivated as much by spirituality as hedonism. Also, while fun is a modern phenomenon it turns out to have recreated many of the elements of early ritual. His findings will invigorate you with insights, make you laugh at life, and quite possibly help you to understand why the post-post-modern is actually the pre-pre-modern. Praise for ISN'T THIS FUN?: `This book is such a wondrous kaleidoscope of rage, based on such a deep reading of all the sources, that I shall be searching out his other works to read forthwith. The man is a marvel.' Daily Mail ‚ Praise for THE AGE OF ABSURDITY: 'Reading Michael Foley's THE AGE OF ABSURDITY. I must be the last person in the world to read this but I'm glad I finally have, as it is fascinating. It looks at the quest for happiness and how we are getting it all wrong' Jeremy Vine, Sunday Telegraph 'Genuinely funny, sharp, truthful and intelligent . . . striking a blow for the value of ordinariness' Times Literary Supplement 'Irresistible narrative with the sort of irreverent exuberance that carries all before it' Guardian 'Pungent, witty, perceptive . . . like Larkin, only sharper, funnier and more cynical' Irish Times 'Not the usual cleverclogs claptrap. Foley delivers well-judged wisdom' Oliver James 'Achingly funny and wise . . . vastly entertaining' Daily Mail 'Michael Foley's entertaining, intelligent book may just help you get over yourself . . . Absurdly readable' Observer 'Insightful and entertaining . . . wickedly sceptical' --Irish Examiner Praise for THE AGE OF ABSURDITY: 'Reading Michael Foley's THE AGE OF ABSURDITY. I must be the last person in the world to read this but I'm glad I finally have, as it is fascinating. It looks at the quest for happiness and how we are getting it all wrong' Jeremy Vine, Sunday Telegraph 'Genuinely funny, sharp, truthful and intelligent . . . striking a blow for the value of ordinariness' Times Literary Supplement 'Irresistible narrative with the sort of irreverent exuberance that carries all before it' Guardian 'Pungent, witty, perceptive . . . like Larkin, only sharper, funnier and more cynical' Irish Times 'Not the usual cleverclogs claptrap. Foley delivers well-judged wisdom' Oliver James 'Achingly funny and wise . . . vastly entertaining' Daily Mail 'Michael Foley's entertaining, intelligent book may just help you get over yourself . . . Absurdly readable' Observer 'Insightful and entertaining . . . wickedly sceptical' --Irish Examiner 'A wise, funny, erudite book about enjoying everyday life. The fiction of Joyce and Proust, along with other writers and artists who delight in the daily routine, anchors Foley's celebration of the here and now' --Independent 'Thirty years ago, Michael Foley had an epiphany. As he emerged from jury service, the street outside the court became ''illuminated, transfigured, a portal to infinite being''. Everything became sublime, especially the menu at the caff advertising ''egg's, sausage's and tomato's''. ''Those misplaced apostrophes tore at my heart like orphan children, blessed like the first timid snowdrops of February, sparkled like a dusting of precious stones. I wanted to rush in and embrace the illiterate proprietor. To die of a heart attack from one of his fry-ups would surely be the ideal way to go to Heaven.'' Thankfully he didn't, otherwise we wouldn't have this lovely book' --Guardian Here s a nice idea: why not learn to love the ordinary things in life? Michael Foley tells us about some people who have done just that... It s very heartening, --i (Independent) 'Wise, erudite, funny ... I will relish this book not just for its deftly opportunistic mining of novels and tracts and movies to shore up its premises, but for lyrical flights into the poetry of dailyness ... If they ever hand out golds for infectious delight in quotidian events, Foley should mount the podium.' --Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor, Independent A wise, funny, erudite book about enjoying everyday life. The fiction of Joyce and Proust, along with other writers and artists who delight in the daily routine, anchors Foley s celebration of the here and now --i (Independent)

What Fanon said - A philosophical introduction to his life and thought (Paperback): Lewis Gordon What Fanon said - A philosophical introduction to his life and thought (Paperback)
Lewis Gordon
R290 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R22 (8%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Antiblack racism avows reason is white while emotion, and thus supposedly unreason, is black. Challenging academic adherence to this notion, Lewis R. Gordon offers a portrait of Martinican-turned-Algerian revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as an exemplar of "living thought" against forms of reason marked by colonialism and racism. Fanon was a political radical concerned with the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. He is best known for his books The Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Masks. Working from his own translations of the original French texts, Gordon critically engages everything in Fanon from dialectics, ethics, existentialism, and humanism to philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and political theory as well as psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Gordon takes into account scholars from across the Global South to address controversies around Fanon's writings on gender and sexuality as well as political violence and the social underclass. In doing so, he confronts the replication of a colonial and racist geography of reason, allowing theorists from the Global South to emerge as interlocutors alongside northern ones in a move that exemplifies what, Gordon argues, Fanon represented in his plea to establish newer and healthier human relationships beyond colonial paradigms.

CfE Higher Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies Grade Booster (Paperback): David Jack, Leckie & Leckie CfE Higher Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies Grade Booster (Paperback)
David Jack, Leckie & Leckie
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Within 8 - 15 working days

This CfE Higher RMPS Grade Booster is the essential guide to exam skills for those aiming for a high grade. It includes detailed advice on how to approach and answer the different types of question you will find in the exam and has been written by an experienced teacher and exam expert. * Detailed advice on how to approach all the different types of question you will find in the exam will develop your skills and help you to avoid common pitfalls* Essential guide to structuring your responses shows you how to formulate and improve your answers* Worked examples of weak and strong answers let you see exactly where and how marks are gained and how to get the best result* A dedicated chapter on the Assignment ensures that you have a great foundation for your grade before you even enter the exam room

Knowledge First - Approaches in Epistemology and Mind (Hardcover): J Adam Carter, Emma C. Gordon, Benjamin Jarvis Knowledge First - Approaches in Epistemology and Mind (Hardcover)
J Adam Carter, Emma C. Gordon, Benjamin Jarvis
R1,082 Discovery Miles 10 820 Within 8 - 15 working days
Algorithms to Live By - The Computer Science of Human Decisions (Paperback): Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths Algorithms to Live By - The Computer Science of Human Decisions (Paperback)
Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths 1
R243 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R53 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives.What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime?Exploring how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, `Algorithms To Live By' helps to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind. When should you switch between different tasks, and how many tasks should you take on in the first place? How much messiness should you accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favourites is the most fulfilling? When computers face constraints of time and space, they too must untangle very human questions: how to have better hunches, when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.Acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the algorithms developed for computers can be applied from finding your spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing your inbox to understanding the workings of memory. Where you have a dilemma, they have a rule, and each fascinating algorithm turns the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.

What We Think about When We Think about Soccer (Hardcover): Simon Critchley What We Think about When We Think about Soccer (Hardcover)
Simon Critchley
R334 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R82 (25%) Within 10 - 17 working days
Divergent and Philosophy - The Factions of Life (Paperback): Courtland Lewis Divergent and Philosophy - The Factions of Life (Paperback)
Courtland Lewis
R354 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R58 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Courtland Lewis has scoured the planet to bring together the most talented faction members, factionless, and even a few from the Bureau to discuss the philosophy of Divergent.Divergent and Philosophy begins by examining the personal struggles that all people face at some time: What sort of person should I be? What if I find out my life is a lie? What do I owe my parents? Am I normal? Once readers have finished answering these questions they're ready for the ¬ choosing ceremony." Part two examines each faction, looking at its virtues, vices, and other features that will help readers pick the ¬ right" faction. This part gives readers a glimpse into what it's like to be faced with the most important decision of our lives, the one that will forever determine who we are.Part three takes a step takes a step back, in order to question Chicago's ordering of society. Chicago is on the verge of revolution, but is this the result of the faction system itself, or is it the people within the factions that are behind the social discord? Part four shifts the focus individuals and those who hold power. Part five tells us how to recognize injustice.

Philosophy of Action (Paperback): Anthony O'Hear Philosophy of Action (Paperback)
Anthony O'Hear
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Within 8 - 15 working days
LEGO and Philosophy - Constructing Reality Brick By Brick (Paperback): William Irwin LEGO and Philosophy - Constructing Reality Brick By Brick (Paperback)
William Irwin; Edited by Roy T. Cook, Sondra Bacharach 1
R312 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R108 (35%) Within 7 - 13 working days

How profound is a little plastic building block? It turns out the answer is very ! 22 chapters explore philosophy through the world of LEGO which encompasses the iconic brick itself as well as the animated televisions shows, feature films, a vibrant adult fan base with over a dozen yearly conventions, an educational robotics program, an award winning series of videogames, hundreds of books, magazines, and comics, a team-building workshop program for businesses and much, much more. Dives into the many philosophical ideas raised by LEGO bricks and the global multimedia phenomenon they have createdTackles metaphysical, logical, moral, and conceptual issues in a series of fascinating and stimulating essaysIntroduces key areas of philosophy through topics such as creativity and play, conformity and autonomy, consumption and culture, authenticity and identity, architecture, mathematics, intellectual property, business and environmental ethicsWritten by a global group of esteemed philosophers and LEGO fansA lively philosophical discussion of bricks, minifigures, and the LEGO world that will appeal to LEGO fans and armchair philosophers alike

Coole Eltern leben langer (Paperback): Wladimir Kaminer Coole Eltern leben langer (Paperback)
Wladimir Kaminer
R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Within 10 - 17 working days
In Our Own Image - Will artificial intelligence save or destroy us? (Paperback): George Zarkadakis In Our Own Image - Will artificial intelligence save or destroy us? (Paperback)
George Zarkadakis
R359 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R81 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days

"Timely and important". Jim Al-Khali. In Our Own Image by Dr George Zarkadakis explores one of humankind's oldest love-hate relationships - our ties with Artificial Intelligence or AI. Zarkadakis traces AI's origins in ancient myth, through literary classics such as Frankenstein, to today's sci-fi blockbusters, arguing that a fascination with AI is hardwired into the human psyche. He explains AI's history, technology and potential; its manifestations in intelligent machines; its connections to neurology and consciousness, as well as - perhaps most tellingly - what AI reveals about us as human beings. In Our Own Image argues that we are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution - poised to enter the age of Artificial Intelligence as science fiction becomes science fact. Ultimately, Zarkadakis observes, the fate of AI has profound implications for the future of science and humanity itself...

AQA A-level Philosophy Year 1 and AS - Epistemology and Moral Philosophy (Paperback): Jeremy Hayward, Gerald Jones, Dan Cardinal AQA A-level Philosophy Year 1 and AS - Epistemology and Moral Philosophy (Paperback)
Jeremy Hayward, Gerald Jones, Dan Cardinal
R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Within 10 - 17 working days

Enable students to critically engage with the new 2017 AQA specifications with this accessible Student Book that covers the key concepts and philosophical arguments, offers stimulating activities, provides a key text anthology and assessment guidance.- Cements understanding of complex philosophical concepts and encourages students to view ideas from different approaches through clear and detailed coverage of key topics.- Strengthens students' analytical skills to develop their own philosophical interpretations using a variety of inventive and thought-provoking practical activities and tasks.- Encourages students to engage with the anthology texts, with references throughout and relevant extracts provided at the back of the book for ease of teaching and studying.- Stretches students' conceptual analysis with extension material.- Helps AS and A-level students to approach their exams with confidence with assessment guidance and support tailored to the AQA requirements.

Incontinence of the Void - Economico-Philosophical Spandrels (Hardcover): Slavoj Zizek Incontinence of the Void - Economico-Philosophical Spandrels (Hardcover)
Slavoj Zizek
R537 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R136 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days

If the most interesting theoretical interventions emerge today from the interspaces between fields, then the foremost interspaceman is Slavoj Zizek. In Incontinence of the Void (the title is inspired by a sentence in Samuel Beckett's late masterpiece Ill Seen Ill Said), Zizek explores the empty spaces between philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the critique of political economy. He proceeds from the universal dimension of philosophy to the particular dimension of sexuality to the singular dimension of the critique of political economy. The passage from one dimension to another is immanent: the ontological void is accessible only through the impasses of sexuation and the ongoing prospect of the abolition of sexuality, which is itself opened up by the technoscientific progress of global capitalism, in turn leading to the critique of political economy.Responding to his colleague and fellow Short Circuits author Alenka Zupancic's What Is Sex?, Zizek examines the notion of an excessive element in ontology that gives body to radical negativity, which becomes the antagonism of sexual difference. From the economico-philosophical perspective, Zizek extrapolates from ontological excess to Marxian surplus value to Lacan's surplus enjoyment. In true Zizekian fashion, Incontinence of the Void focuses on eternal topics while detouring freely into contemporary issuesfrom the Internet of Things to Danish TV series.

Happiness and Positivity (Hardcover): Happiness and Positivity (Hardcover)
R351 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R80 (23%) Within 8 - 15 working days
Happy - Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine (Hardcover): Derren Brown Happy - Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine (Hardcover)
Derren Brown 1
R489 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R84 (17%) Within 8 - 15 working days

`Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love' Alain de Botton Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help's suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that `everything's fine' even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.

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