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The Age of Absurdity Michael Foley

The Age of Absurdity By Michael Foley

The Age of Absurdity by Michael Foley


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Summary

A wry take on how contemporary culture is antithetical to happiness.

The Age of Absurdity Summary

The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy by Michael Foley

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 wellbeing 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.

About Michael Foley

Michael Foley was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, but since 1972 he has lived in London, working as a Lecturer in Information Technology. He has published four novels, four collections of poetry and a collection of translations from French poetry, which have earned impressive reviews from The Guardian, New Statesman and New York Times. The Age of Absurdity is his first non-fiction book.

Additional information

GOR001816279
9781847375247
1847375243
The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy by Michael Foley
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Simon & Schuster Ltd
2010-02-04
272
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