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The Art of Being Happy, Arthur Schopenhauer (AudioBook)
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It is surprising that 140 years after Schopenhauer's death there are still unpublished texts of his work and of such value as those that, in a meticulous and almost detective work, reconstitute the professor of philosophy Franco Volpi in a small manual of practical philosophy: Art to be happy. It is a real gem so far hidden in the philosopher's legacy, in which we are invited to educate our character through rules of conduct that help us avoid hardships and blows of fate.
From a young age, Schopenhauer had a predilection for the literary genre of small treatises on practical philosophy. Already during the time in which he resided in Berlin he liked to write short texts and notes for his personal use; Thus was born, for example, The Art of Being Right (Eristic), published posthumously from its legacy.
The fifty rules for life that it includes were written at different times and are scattered in different volumes and folders. His incomplete status and Schopenhauer's acknowledged pessimism are the main reasons why no one suspected a «Art of being happy» among the philosopher's writings. But precisely from the pessimistic conviction that the life of human beings does not hold more than disappointments, pain and boredom, the philosopher invites us to use some valuable tools that nature gives us: the gifts of ingenuity and practical prudence. Although our character does not seem modifiable, we can educate it with rules of conduct that help us avoid hardships and blows of fate. In 1814, at the age of 26, the young philosopher found an almost definitive formulation for the fundamental intuition on which to base his wisdom of life, that is, the negative conception of happiness understood as mere absence of pain. To the philosophical reasons for this conception were added biographical motivations.
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