THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS

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The Promise Of Happiness

Author : Sara Ahmed
ISBN : 9780822392781
Genre : Philosophy
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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.
Category: Philosophy

The Promise Of Happiness

Author : Betty Neels
ISBN : 9784596690647
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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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…
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

The Promise Of Happiness

Author : Justin Cartwright
ISBN : 9781408806227
Genre : Fiction
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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
Category: Fiction

The Promise Of Happiness

Author : Fred Inglis
ISBN : 0521270707
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Originally published in paperback in 1982, this is a study of the best children's fiction of the previous hundred years.
Category: Literary Criticism

Redeeming Words And The Promise Of Happiness

Author : David Kleinberg-Levin
ISBN : 9780739177525
Genre : Philosophy
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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.
Category: Philosophy

Only A Promise Of Happiness

Author : Alexander Nehamas
ISBN : UOM:39015067710726
Genre : Art
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Art

God S Promise Of Happiness

Author : Randy Alcorn
ISBN : 9781496411518
Genre : Religion
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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!
Category: Religion

Promise Of Happiness Betty Neels Collection Book 45

Author : Betty Neels
ISBN : 9781408982488
Genre : Fiction
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Mills & Boon presents the complete Betty Neels collection. Timeless tales of heart-warming romance by one of the world’s best-loved romance authors.
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60 Days Of Happiness

Author : Randy Alcorn
ISBN : 9781496420039
Genre : Religion
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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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The Promise Of Living

Author : Goens, George A.
ISBN : 9781618520524
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 2004, George Goens lost his daughter during the birth of his second grandchild. How does one respond to the simultaneous crash of life and death? In The Promise of Living: Loss, Life and Living, Goens wrestles with his conflicting emotions over the convergence of two very disparate events – one celebrating the beginning of life, one grieving the loss of another. Goens begins his story at the expected date of his daughter Betsy’s birthing of her second child, Luke – his grandson. Goens’ joy slowly twists into panic, then horror when phone calls from his son reveal that the process has gone awry. Stricken by a rare complication, Betsy delivers a healthy baby but dies soon after the birth. Thus begins Goens’ journey of grief, anger and despair as he struggles to reconcile the paradox of his daughter’s premature passing juxtaposed to the developing life of his grandchildren, their family and his own life. “Inexplicable events happen in life, many contrary to our belief in the natural order,” he writes in the book’s introduction. “Our rational plans and sense of equilibrium are upset. Chaos seems to reign in both our internal and external worlds.” Goens re-examines his beliefs, his relationships, his perceptions, his values, his fears and his dreams of the future. He relives his close relationship with his daughter, his mid-life crisis that included a scandalizing affair costing him his marriage and job, and another shocking loss involving the shooting murder of a school principal in a district for which he served as superintendent. He wrestles with a grief many of his friends label as “excessive” and is humbled by his inability to take their advice and “move on.” He comes to realize that, even while living in a community with family and friends, everyone must ultimately face loss alone in the quiet of their own hearts and souls. “Life’s only script consists of birth and death,” Goens writes. “We fill in what comes between. . . .Whimsy and mystery, serendipity and surprise fill our lives. The clichéd story of a main character succumbing to tragedy, falling into a funk, having an epiphany, and seeing the light and then proceeding back into normalcy doesn’t really happen. . . . Finding peace takes time and is a creative process of small steps, plateaus, and setbacks,” he adds. Woven throughout the book is Goens’ poetry, in equal measures stirring, contemplative, and inspiring, as exemplified in “Love and Sorrow”: Love and sorrow are two sides of the same coin One’s sorrow is in direct proportion to one’s love for another when they are gone. I am thinking of you in this time of unrelenting sorrow in celebration of your beautiful and endearing life. In spite of heart-wrenching circumstances, Goens and his family find a way to heal through acceptance and forgiveness, and he honors the life of his daughter by living his own to its full potential. Readers who have experienced their own devastating loss – or who are close to someone else who has – will find comfort, inspiration and wisdom in his story.
Category: Biography & Autobiography