The Age of Absurdity

Why Modern Life makes it Hard to be Happy

The Age of Absurdity

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 TheAge ofAbsurdity- 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.
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781847396273 | 
  • February 2011
List Price £8.99

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Michael Foley

Michael Foley is a Northern Irish author who has published non-fiction, novels and poetry, including a New and Selected Poems (Blackstaff Press 2011). His first non-fiction book, The Age of Absurdity (Simon & Schuster 2010), was a bestseller and has been translated into seven languages. For more on the author, the books and details of readings, talks and festival appearances, visit his website michael-foley.net.
 

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