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Bloomsbury Academic
21 February 2019
Western philosophy, from c 1900 -; Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology; Social & political philosophy
'All philosophy is a metaphysics of happiness...or it's not worth an hour of trouble' claims Alain Badiou in this lively intervention into one of the most persistent themes in philosophy: what is happiness? And what do I need to do to be happy? The desire to be happy is one of our most universal goals and yet there doesn't seem to be any easy answers or formulas for achieving happiness. And the concept has become so commodified and corrupted to be almost unrecognizable as something worth pursuing. In light of this, should we just give up the aspiration to be happy altogether? Alain Badiou thinks not.

While eschewing futile procedures for magically becoming 'happy', Badiou does passionately maintain that in order to be truly happy we need philosophy. And, bolder still, that a life lived philosophically is the happiest life of all!
By:   Alain Badiou
Translated by:   A. J. Bartlett, Adam Bartlett, Justin Clemens
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   160g
ISBN:   9781474275538
ISBN 10:   1474275532
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   21 February 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alain Badiou taught at the Ecole Normale Superieure and at the College International de Philosophie in Paris, France. His most recent book The Immanence of Truths: Being and Event III is coming out in 2020 with Bloomsbury.

Reviews for Happiness

In this lucid and provocative essay, one of our greatest living thinkers inquires after the meaning of happiness. Badiou argues that projects of emancipation and liberation are the surest means to an active, non-complacent contentment, although `Happiness' is as much a spirited defense of classical philosophy as it is a call to action. We need Alain Badiou more than ever. * Tom Eyers, Associate Professor, Duquesne University, USA *

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