‘Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so', concluded John Stuart Mill, the nineteenth century British philosopher, after a period of profound unhappiness. He realised that to pursue happiness directly is a mistake. Happiness is a by-product of life. As he also put it, happiness is like a crab: it approaches us sideways, not head on.
Three authors from a new series of books, The Art of Living (published by Acumen), will be at The School of Life on Friday 24th October, 2008, 7-8.30pm. Mark Vernon, author of Wellbeing, Raymond Tallis, author of Hunger and Chris Hamilton, author of Middle Age, have all written on how the ideas of philosophers can help us not just live, but live well. Join them for an evening exploring the good life. As Plato put it, ‘Our discussion is about no ordinary matter, but on the right way to live.’
The event is free but space is limited and advance booking is strongly recommended. To confirm your place e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Books from The Art of Living series are available at The School of Life's shop.