Why We Are Restless

ISBN: 9780691211121 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2021 Autor: Ben Storey, Jenna Silbur Storey Editură: Princeton University Press Colecție: New Forum Books Tip copertă: Hardcover Număr pagini: 256 Stoc: La comandă

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A compelling exploration of how our pursuit of happiness makes us unhappy

We live in an age of unprecedented prosperity, yet everywhere we see signs that our pursuit of happiness has proven fruitless. Dissatisfied, we seek change for the sake of change-even if it means undermining the foundations of our common life. In Why We Are Restless, Benjamin and Jenna Storey offer a profound and beautiful reflection on the roots of this malaise and examine how we might begin to cure ourselves.

Drawing on the insights of Montaigne, Pascal, Rousseau, and Tocqueville, Why We Are Restless explores the modern vision of happiness that leads us on, and the disquiet that follows it like a lengthening shadow. In the sixteenth century, Montaigne articulated an original vision of human life that inspired people to see themselves as individuals dedicated to seeking contentment in the here and now, but Pascal argued that we cannot find happiness through pleasant self-seeking, only anguished God-seeking. Rousseau later tried and failed to rescue Montaigne's worldliness from Pascal's attack. Steeped in these debates, Tocqueville visited the United States in 1831 and, observing a people "restless in the midst of their well-being," discovered what happens when an entire nation seeks worldly contentment-and finds mostly discontent.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Ben Storey, Jenna Silbur Storey
Data Publicarii
2021
Editura
Princeton University Press
Inaltime
21.6
Latime
14
Tip Coperta
Hardcover
Nr Pag
256
Colectie
New Forum Books
Subtitlu
On the Modern Quest for Contentment
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