The Age of Absurdity

  • by Michael Foley
  • Narrated by John O'Mahony
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 The Age of Absurdity - a wry and accessible investigation into how the desirable states of well-being 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.
Cover credit: The Caravan Gallery.

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In yer face modern philosophy!

Laced with a cynical barb Foley's words are sharp, intelligent and funny. Well read too.
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- WildMike

A very long moan interspersed with occasional wit

Quite early on in the book Foley makes the perceptive observation that no philosopher ever recommended moaning about the world. Foley would do well to listen to himself.
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- A Person

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-07-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios