In Pursuit of Happiness: Better Living from Plato to Prozac

In Pursuit of Happiness Better Living from Plato to Prozac Mark Kingwell gives new meaning to the pursuit of happiness He enrolled in a course on how to be happy reminiscent of the Ab Fab episode in which Eddie drags Patsy on a retreat or of David Foster Wa

  • Title: In Pursuit of Happiness: Better Living from Plato to Prozac
  • Author: Mark Kingwell Doug Pepper
  • ISBN: 9780609605356
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mark Kingwell gives new meaning to the pursuit of happiness He enrolled in a course on how to be happy, reminiscent of the Ab Fab episode in which Eddie drags Patsy on a retreat, or of David Foster Wallace s brilliant account of going on a cruise in A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again Ever a game little guinea pig, Kingwell put himself on Prozac and St John s wMark Kingwell gives new meaning to the pursuit of happiness He enrolled in a course on how to be happy, reminiscent of the Ab Fab episode in which Eddie drags Patsy on a retreat, or of David Foster Wallace s brilliant account of going on a cruise in A Supposedly Fun Thing I ll Never Do Again Ever a game little guinea pig, Kingwell put himself on Prozac and St John s wort He hired himself out as an expert to help marketers suss out material sources of happiness for the 18 to 29 cohort He notices little things such as the fact that Pepperidge Farm has added smiley faces to their Goldfish crackers And for what The fish are happy that you are happy when you eat them He ranges widely, writing about Roman Stoic Epictetus, Nick Hornby, The Honeymooners, Freud, Sir Thomas More, PMS, Plato, and much Kingwell, a philosophy professor at the University of Toronto, exceeds at making the personal philosophical a skill that has earned him mild derision from academic contemporaries, but that lay readers will appreciate His writing is clear, engaging, and thought provoking, and, like fellow pop philosopher Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy , Kingwell doffs his mortarboard at Montaigne, surely the most loose limbed and least po faced of philosophers human, confused, and curious who seems to be enjoying something of a revival Your happiness does not depend on reading this book But it s nice to know that for those of us who abjure books with titles like Become Happy in Eight Minutes, there are wry, funny, smart, and even uplifting reads such as In Pursuit of Happiness J.R.

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    • Mark Kingwell Doug Pepper

      Mark Gerald Kingwell B.A, M.Litt, M.Phil, PhD, D.F.A born March 1, 1963 is a Canadian philosopher who is currently professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto s Department of Philosophy Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity College and a Senior Fellow of Massey College He specialises in theories of politics and culture.Kingwell has published twelve different books, most notably, A Civil Tongue Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism, which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997 In 2000 Kingwell received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, for contributions to theory and criticism He has held visiting posts at various institutions including Cambridge University, University of California at Berkeley, and City University of New York where he held the title of Weissman Distinguished Professor of Humanities.He studied at the University of Toronto, editing The Varsity through 1983 to 1984 and the University of Toronto Review from 84 85 He received his BA degree from the University of St Michael s College with High Distinction in 1985, his MLitt degree from Edinburgh University in 1987, and both his M.Phil and PhD degrees from Yale University in 1989 and 1991 respectively He was married to Gail Donaldson in 1988 The marriage ended in divorce in 2004.Kingwell is a contributing editor to Harper s Magazine, the literary quarterly Descant, the political monthly This Magazine and the Globe and Mail books section He was also a drinks columnist for the men s magazine Toro He was formerly a columnist for the National Post, and a contributing editor of Saturday Night He frequently appears on television and radio, often on the CBC, and is well known for his appearance in the documentary film The Corporation He has delivered, among others, the George Grant, Harold Innis, Marx Wartofsky and Larkin Stuart memorial lectures.Kingwell s work has been translated into ten languages, and he lectures to academic and popular audiences around the world From 2001 to 2004, he was chair of the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum His work on philosophy, art, and architecture has appeared in many leading academic journals and magazines, including The Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Forum, Ethics, Political Theory, and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, the New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, Adbusters, the Walrus, Harvard Design Magazine,Canadian Art, Azure, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.Kingwell is one of two University of Toronto professors teaching a first year philosophy course entitled Introduction to Philosophy Kingwell teaches his class in Victoria College s Isabel Bader Theatre, with a class size of around 700 students He has also been part of the University of Trinity College s TrinityOne program, for which he taught a seminar class entitled Ethics and the Creative Imagination.He describes himself as a social democrat and a recovering Catholic According to the Canadian Who s Who 2006, he also enjoys running, baseball, basketball, jazz, films and pop music He has two brothers a younger brother named Sean Kingwell and an older brother named Steven Kingwell.



    334 thoughts on “In Pursuit of Happiness: Better Living from Plato to Prozac

    • Kingwell's book is a very interesting exploration of the nature of happiness. He explores a wide variety of theories from different philosophers, as well as some pyschologists. Ultimately, he concludes that Aristotle's definition is best. Aristotle has always confused me, and Kingwell is the first author who has ever explained him in a way that made sense to me. The author's writing style is clear and concise. He has a good sense of humor, and I liked the way he tied popular culture, philosophy, [...]


    • I'm not well versed in philosophy, so some of this went over my head. However, Kingwell is an engaging writer, and, besides, anyone who cites "The Simpsons" gets extra points from me.



    • Fascinating examination of how notions of happiness have been considered, from Dr Johnson to Jeremy Bentham, Hobbes, Charles de Gaulle and more. Kingwell looks at the New Age movement and perceived virtues of happiness, with a strange and probably unnecessary diversion into self-medicating with Prozac.






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