The Promise of Happiness

Author: Sara Ahmed

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 082239278X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 326

View: 2422

The Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy and feminist cultural studies, Sara Ahmed reveals the affective and moral work performed by the “happiness duty,” the expectation that we will be made happy by taking part in that which is deemed good, and that by being happy ourselves, we will make others happy. Ahmed maintains that happiness is a promise that directs us toward certain life choices and away from others. Happiness is promised to those willing to live their lives in the right way. Ahmed draws on the intellectual history of happiness, from classical accounts of ethics as the good life, through seventeenth-century writings on affect and the passions, eighteenth-century debates on virtue and education, and nineteenth-century utilitarianism. She engages with feminist, antiracist, and queer critics who have shown how happiness is used to justify social oppression, and how challenging oppression causes unhappiness. Reading novels and films including Mrs. Dalloway, The Well of Loneliness, Bend It Like Beckham, and Children of Men, Ahmed considers the plight of the figures who challenge and are challenged by the attribution of happiness to particular objects or social ideals: the feminist killjoy, the unhappy queer, the angry black woman, and the melancholic migrant. Through her readings she raises critical questions about the moral order imposed by the injunction to be happy.
Posted in Philosophy

“Das” Glücksversprechen

Roman

Author: Justin Cartwright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783552053441

Category:

Page: 393

View: 3439

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Only a Promise of Happiness

The Place of Beauty in a World of Art

Author: Alexander Nehamas

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691148651

Category: Art

Page: 186

View: 7227

Neither art nor philosophy was kind to beauty during the twentieth century. Much modern art disdains beauty, and many philosophers deeply suspect that beauty merely paints over or distracts us from horrors. Intellectuals consigned the passions of beauty to the margins, replacing them with the anemic and rarefied alternative, "aesthetic pleasure." In Only a Promise of Happiness, Alexander Nehamas reclaims beauty from its critics. He seeks to restore its place in art, to reestablish the connections among art, beauty, and desire, and to show that the values of art, independently of their moral worth, are equally crucial to the rest of life. Nehamas makes his case with characteristic grace, sensitivity, and philosophical depth, supporting his arguments with searching studies of art and literature, high and low, from Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Manet's Olympia to television. Throughout, the discussion of artworks is generously illustrated. Beauty, Nehamas concludes, may depend on appearance, but this does not make it superficial. The perception of beauty manifests a hope that life would be better if the object of beauty were part of it. This hope can shape and direct our lives for better or worse. We may discover misery in pursuit of beauty, or find that beauty offers no more than a tantalizing promise of happiness. But if beauty is always dangerous, it is also a pressing human concern that we must seek to understand, and not suppress.
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Quell der Einsamkeit

Author: Radclyffe Hall

Publisher: Verlag Krug & Schadenberg

ISBN: 3944576659

Category: Fiction

Page: 540

View: 4339

»Quell der Einsamkeit« erzählt die Geschichte von Stephen Gordon, einer Frau aus der britischen Oberschicht, die eigentlich ein Sohn hätte werden sollen. Von Kind an hat Stephen das Gefühl, dass mit ihr etwas nicht stimmt - dass sie anders ist: Sie trägt gern Männerkleidung, begeistert sich für Fuchsjagd und Fechtkunst und verliebt sich von früher Jugend an in Frauen - zunächst in das Hausmädchen Collins, später in die mondäne Angela Crossby, deren eifersüchtigen Ehemann Stephen durch ihre Bewunderung seiner Rosenzucht zu beschwichtigen sucht. Als Krankenwagenfahrerin im Ersten Weltkrieg lernt Stephen schließlich Mary Llewellyn kennen und lieben. Die beiden Frauen gehen in den zwanziger Jahren nach Paris, schaffen sich zusammen ein Heim und schließen Freundschaften, doch ihr gemeinsames Glück ist massivem gesellschaftlichen Druck ausgesetzt ... »Quell der Einsamkeit« ist ein bis heute faszinierender historischer Roman und kann als ein Vorläufer von Leslie Feinbergs »Stone Butch Blues« gelten. Er löste Debatten über Sexualität, Homosexualität und Geschlechterrollen aus, die noch immer andauern.
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The Promise of Happiness

Value and Meaning in Children's Fiction

Author: Fred Inglis

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521270700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 348

View: 4839

Originally published in paperback in 1982, this is a study of the best children's fiction of the previous hundred years.
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THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS

Mills & Boon Comics

Author: Betty Neels,Kaoru Shinozaki

Publisher: Harlequin / SB Creative

ISBN: 4596371792

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: N.A

View: 1991

We're finally free! On a cold, rainy morning, with her dear old dog and cat in tow, Becky makes her daring escape from her wicked stepmother. She leaves behind a life where her stepmother threatened her beloved pets to force Becky to wait on her hand and foot. They've finally left to live the life they've always wanted…but first, in the midst of a downpour, she needs to find a place to live and a job to work. She walks along the road, her fears weighing heavy on her heart, when suddenly a Rolls-Royce pulls up beside her. The man in the driver's seat offers her a ride, and after he hears her story, he makes her an offer she just can't believe…
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Redeeming Words and the Promise of Happiness

A Critical Theory Approach to Wallace Stevens and Vladimir Nabokov

Author: David Kleinberg-Levin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739177524

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 4502

This book offers a philosophical reflection on the nature of language by reading some exemplary works of literature. Drawing on the thought of philosophers—especially Plato, Kant, Hegel, Emerson, Benjamin, Adorno, Heidegger and Wittgenstein, the author argues that language is the bearer of a utopian or messianic promise of happiness, and that by redeeming the revelatory power of words, the two writers in this study are contributing to the redemption of the promise of happiness in a world of reconciled antagonisms and contradictions.
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The Promise of Happiness

reissued

Author: Justin Cartwright

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408806223

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3978

The Judds, formerly of London N1, now scattered, are about to be thrown together again by the eldest child Juliet's release from prison in New York. The family is devastated by Juliet's conviction for art theft. The nature of this theft and the reasons for it plague all the protagonists. For Charles, the father, it is a challenge to his sense of rightness and proof of the disintegration of society. For his wife Daphne, it is a source of resentment and puzzlement. Brother Charlie and sister Sophie are less worried by the morality of the theft than by the dissolution of the certainties of family. For Juliet herself is bitter and wounded at being the scapegoat for a victimless crime. And she feels guilty for the pain she has caused. A powerful elegy to the idiocies and intimacies of family love, this is the captivating story of an apparently ordinary English family caught up in uncontrollable events, united again, as much by apprehension as celebration on the return of the prodigal daughter
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Rubinroter Dschungel

Author: Rita Mae Brown

Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage

ISBN: 3843715890

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3728

Der Klassiker der amerikanischen Frauenliteratur Molly Bolt wächst in den Fünfzigerjahren bei einer Adoptivfamilie in den Südstaaten auf. Die Eltern wünschen sich um jeden Preis eine adrette Tochter, aus der mal eine gute Ehefrau und Mutter wird, aber Molly bewegt etwas ganz anderes: Doktorspiele mit den Jungs, ebenso verbotene Dinge, die sie mit ihrer Freundin macht. Als Molly älter wird, erkennt sie, dass sie mit ihrer Liebe zu Frauen eine Außenseiterin ist. Ihre wilden Affären werden von der Gesellschaft nicht toleriert, sie muss das College verlassen. Bewaffnet mit ihrer Schönheit, ihrem Humor und ihrer wilden Entschlossenheit, die größte Filmemacherin aller Zeiten zu werden, geht sie schließlich nach New York. Der Traum vom Erfolg scheint zum Greifen nah.
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THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS

Author: Erin Kaye

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007340419

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 4343

Join the McNeill family as they attempt to come together to provide the love and support that they all need – whether they know it or not. Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy and Cathy Kelly.
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God's Promise of Happiness

Author: Randy Alcorn

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 149641151X

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 2308

Think God doesn’t want you to be happy? Think again. We know that we will experience unimaginable joy and happiness in Heaven, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also experience joy and happiness here on earth. In God’s Promise of Happiness, bestselling author and noted theologian Randy Alcorn shares select passages and scripture from his latest hardcover release, Happiness, that provide insight, wisdom, and proof positive that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it!
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60 Days of Happiness

Discover God's Promise of Relentless Joy

Author: Randy Alcorn

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1496420039

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 9883

Would you like to experience true happiness? When it comes to happiness, most of us have the same questions. Why can’t I be consistently happy? Is it wrong to be happy when there’s so much pain and suffering in the world? And perhaps the biggest one: How can I be happier? Some Christians make an artificial contrast between joy and happiness, while others claim God wants us to be holy, but not happy. In fact, he wants us to be both, and the two go hand in hand! In 60 Days of Happiness, noted theologian and New York Times bestselling author Randy Alcorn shares sixty timeless devotions demonstrating that God not only wants us to be happy in him and enjoy his gifts, he commands and empowers us to do so.
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Redeeming Words

Language and the Promise of Happiness in the Stories of Döblin and Sebald

Author: David Michael Kleinberg-Levin

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438447825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 9333

Probing study of how literature can redeem the revelatory, redemptive powers of language. In this probing look at Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and the stories of W. G. Sebald, Redeeming Words offers a philosophical meditation on the power of language in literature. David Kleinberg-Levin draws on the critical theory of Benjamin and Adorno; the idealism and romanticism of Kant, Hegel, Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schelling; and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. He shows how Döblin and Sebald—writers with radically different styles working in different historical moments—have in common a struggle against forces of negativity and an aim to bring about in response a certain redemption of language. Kleinberg-Levin considers the fast-paced, staccato, and hard-cut sentences of Döblin and the ghostly, languorous, and melancholy prose fiction of Sebald to articulate how both writers use language in an attempt to recover and convey this utopian promise of happiness for life in a time of mourning. “Redeeming Words is an elegant, highly learned, and incisive exploration of how language—and thus the greatest literature of our time—both registers the experience of the loss of utopia and affirms hope by making the loss more clear. It takes as its theme the most profound reflections on the role of words in a time of abandonment and disenchantment. Kleinberg-Levin argues not only that words communicate this sense of loss but constitute it by failing to achieve total mastery and transparency and self-consciously thematizing the corruption and also affirmative power of words. At the deepest level, this study analyzes words and what the very existence of words can confer to individuals and communities.” — Peter Fritzsche, author of The Turbulent World of Franz Göll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century
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Die Formel für Glück

Und wie Sie diese nutzen

Author: Mo Gawdat

Publisher: Redline Wirtschaft

ISBN: 3864149886

Category: Self-Help

Page: 380

View: 1525

Mo Gawdat befasst sich schon seit Jahren mit dem Thema Glück und was dieses ausmacht. Als Entwickler und Leiter in Googles Denkfabrik, Google[X], geht er das Problem eben wie ein solcher an: Er prüft alle prüfbaren Fakten und sucht die Logik dahinter. Nach unzähligen Stunden, Büchern und Interviews konnte er tatsächlich eine Gleichung für dauerhaftes Glücklichsein aufstellen. 13 Jahre später kam der härteste Test für Gawdats Glücksalgorithmus – sein Sohn starb völlig unerwartet mit 21 Jahren. Doch die Gleichung ging auf und verhinderte, dass er und seine Familie in völlige Verzweiflung abglitten. Nach der weitestmöglichen Verarbeitung dieses Verlustes fand Mo Gawdat seine Mission: die Verbreitung der Formel, die ihm geholfen hat, sein Leid zu überwinden. Seine Formel hilft heute jedem, wieder klarer zu sehen, die richtigen Prioritäten zu setzen und so zufriedener in die Zukunft zu starten – ob privat oder im Beruf. Die Formel für Glück beantwortet somit eine der häufigsten Fragen: Was kann ich tun, um glücklicher zu werden?
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Beckett's Words

The Promise of Happiness in a Time of Mourning

Author: David Kleinberg-Levin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474216889

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

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At stake in this book is a struggle with language in a time when our old faith in the redeeming of the word-and the word's power to redeem-has almost been destroyed. Drawing on Benjamin's political theology, his interpretation of the German Baroque mourning play, and Adorno's critical aesthetic theory, but also on the thought of poets and many other philosophers, especially Hegel's phenomenology of spirit, Nietzsche's analysis of nihilism, and Derrida's writings on language, Kleinberg-Levin shows how, because of its communicative and revelatory powers, language bears the utopian "promise of happiness," the idea of a secular redemption of humanity, at the very heart of which must be the achievement of universal justice. In an original reading of Beckett's plays, novels and short stories, Kleinberg-Levin shows how, despite inheriting a language damaged, corrupted and commodified, Beckett redeems dead or dying words and wrests from this language new possibilities for the expression of meaning. Without denying Beckett's nihilism, his picture of a radically disenchanted world, Kleinberg-Levin calls attention to moments when his words suddenly ignite and break free of their despair and pain, taking shape in the beauty of an austere yet joyous lyricism, suggesting that, after all, meaning is still possible.
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Das Buch der Freude

Author: Dalai Lama,Desmond Tutu,Douglas Abrams

Publisher: Lotos

ISBN: 3641191912

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 384

View: 8953

Zwei weise Männer, eine Botschaft Sie sind zwei der bedeutendsten Leitfiguren unserer Zeit: Seine Heiligkeit der Dalai Lama und Erzbischof Desmond Tutu. Obwohl ihr Leben von vielen Widrigkeiten und Gefahren geprägt war, strahlen sie eine Freude aus, die durch nichts zu erschüttern ist. Im Buch der Freude vereinen die „Brüder im Geiste“ ihre immense Lebenserfahrung und die Weisheit ihrer Weltreligionen zu einer gemeinsamen zentralen Erkenntnis: Nur tief empfundene Freude kann sowohl das Leben des Einzelnen als auch das globale Geschehen spürbar zum Positiven wandeln. Unabhängig von allen Herausforderungen und Krisen, mit denen wir täglich konfrontiert werden, können wir diese Energie in uns entfalten und weitergeben. So wird die Freude zur Triebkraft, die unserem Dasein mehr Liebe und Sinn verleiht – und zugleich Hoffnung und Frieden in unsere unsichere Welt bringt.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Der Happiness Code

Zehn Schlüssel zum Glück

Author: Domonique Bertolucci

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 310403611X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

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Sei das Beste, was dir je passiert ist! Die Glücksformel aus Down Under! Dieser charmante Glücksratgeber mit Praxisbeispielen, geschrieben von Australiens beliebtestem Life-Coach Domonique Bertolucci, überreicht den Schlüsselbund zum Glück im Leben, bei der Arbeit, für die Familie und in der Liebe. Jeder kann glücklich und zufrieden. »Haben Sie sich auch schon gefragt, warum manche Leute wirklich rundum glücklich wirken, während andere ständig gestresst, frustriert oder enttäuscht sind? Warum fällt manchen Leuten das Glücklichsein so leicht? Und wie können Sie dafür sorgen, dass es Ihnen genauso geht?« Ob Gelassenheit, Mut, Optimismus, Akzeptanz, Durchhaltevermögen oder Selbstvertrauen: Carnegie war gestern, in ›Der Happiness Code‹ verrät Ihnen Domonique Bertolucci die Glücksformel aus Down Under! Für ein Leben voller Glück und Zufriedenheit. Entscheiden Sie sich für das, was sie wirklich wollen, bleiben Sie gelassen, leben Sie im Hier und Jetzt und lassen Sie sich nicht runterziehen. Haben Sie Selbstvertrauen und stehen Sie sich nicht selbst im Weg. Freuen Sie sich über das, was Sie haben, seien Sie anderen gegenüber großzügig und geben Sie nicht auf. Aber vor allem: Seien Sie immer mutig genug, dass zu tun, was sich für Sie richtig anfühlt. »Das wichtigste ist, dein Leben zu genießen – glücklich zu sein – das ist alles, was zählt.« Audrey Hepburn
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