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The Age of Absurdity

The Age of Absurdity

(2010)
Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy
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The good news is that the great thinkers from history have proposed the same strategies for happiness and fulfilment. The bad news is that these turn out to be the very things most discouraged by contemporary culture. This knotty dilemma is the subject of The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of well-being and satisfaction are constantly undermined by modern life.

Michael Foley examines the elusive condition of happiness common to philosophy, spiritual teachings and contemporary psychology, then shows how these are becoming increasingly difficult to apply in a world of high expectations. The common challenges of earning a living, maintaining a relationship and ageing are becoming battlegrounds of existential angst and self-loathing in a culture that demands conspicuous consumption, high-octane partnerships and perpetual youth.

In conclusion, rather than denouncing and rejecting the age, Foley presents an entertaining strategy of not just accepting but embracing today's world - finding happiness in its absurdity.

Cover credit: The Caravan Gallery.

 
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life makes it Hard to be Happy
Author(s): Michael Foley
ISBN: 1-84739-627-5 / 978-1-84739-627-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
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February 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy
Author(s): Michael Foley
ISBN: 1-84737-524-3 / 978-1-84737-524-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (General list, Trade Division)
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy
Author(s): Michael Foley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

July 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy
Author(s): Michael Foley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life makes it Hard to be Happy
Author(s): Michael Foley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


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