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Two thousand years ago, Aristotle wrote the most important book on happiness. The first philosopher to inquire into subjective happiness, he understood its essence better and more clearly than anyone since. Most importantly, Aristotle understood happiness as available to the vast majority of us, but only, crucially, if we decide to apply ourselves to its creation.
According to Aristotle, happiness is not about well-being but instead is a lasting state of contentment, which should be the ultimate goal of human life. We become happy through finding a purpose, realizing our potential, and modifying our behavior to become the best version of ourselves. With these objectives in mind, Aristotle developed a humane program for becoming a happy person. Here, Professor Edith Hall shows how his timeless teachings are exactly what we need today to stride purposefully towards a life well-lived. As Hall writes, "If you believe that the goal of human life is to maximize happiness, then you are a budding Aristotelian."
In expert yet vibrant modern language, Hall lays out the crux of Aristotle's thinking, mixing affecting autobiographical anecdotes with a deep wealth of classical learning. For Hall, whose own life has been greatly improved by her understanding of Aristotle, this is an intensely personal subject. She distills his ancient wisdom into ten practical and universal lessons to help us confront life's difficult and crucial moments, summarizing a lifetime of the most rarefied and brilliant scholarship.
|Title: Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life|
By: Edith Hall
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Penguin Books
|Publication Date: 2020|
Weight: 2 pounds
Stock No: WW220823
"Hall explains some of the philosophers most complex ideas in an approachable way, covering his notes on everything from the power of community to understanding your goals and why you should always consult a third party when making a decision . . . When it comes to happiness, perhaps its actually time to say out with the new and in with the old." TIME Magazine
"In clear, patient language, Hall deftly weaves threads pulled from this daunting range of material into lessons that pertain directly to dilemmas of modern life . . . We are told that Hall "first encountered Aristotle when she was twenty, and he changed her life forever"; one of the books strengths is her tone of unmistakable sincerity." American Scholar
"[A] lucid account… nontechnical but deeply grounded… Can happiness come from virtue? This lively book makes a good argument in the affirmative." Kirkus Review
"Delivers an expansive, practical assessment of Aristotle... She handles weighty, difficult topics such as depression and everyday tasks such as preparing for an important meeting or job interview with the same measured, clear prose... her book is an engaging, thrilling approach to Aristotles pragmatic thought. It is a useful introduction to the ideas of one of the most important philosophers in world history." Publishers Weekly
"With vivid, page-turning prose, Aristotles Way invites you into the wise, practical, intentional, self-determined world of Aristotles mind. Nearly everything that psychological scientists have discovered about happiness was anticipated by Aristotle 23 centuries ago. You will be a slightly different person after finishing this beautiful book than you were before you started." Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness
"A wonderfully lively and personal guide to Aristotle's philosophy of well-being. Read it and flourish!" Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
"Where theres a will, theres a way: Aristotle did it his way, Edith Hall magnificently does it hers, in this combined critical appreciation and celebration of the philosopher-scientist whom Karl Marx hailed as a giant thinker. Readers keen to live a Good Life and prepare for a Good Death should dive head first into this fount of ancient but still modern wisdom." Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge