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Sustainable Hedonism

A Thriving Life that Does Not Cost the Earth

By Orsolya Lelkes

Published

19 May 2021

Page count

184 pages

ISBN

978-1529217988

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Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

19 May 2021

Page count

184 pages

ISBN

978-1529217971

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

19 May 2021

Page count

184 pages

ISBN

978-1529217995

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    How can we create a thriving life for us all that doesn’t come at the price of ecological destruction?

    This book calls to explore our collective and personal convictions about success and good life. It challenges the mainstream worldview, rooted in economics, that equates happiness with pleasure, and encourages greed, materialism, egoism and disconnection.

    Drawing on science and ancient Greek philosophers the author details how we can cultivate our skills for enjoying life without harming ourselves or others, and can live an autonomous, creative and connected life. Complementary to our intellectual understanding, the experiential method of role play and theatre can powerfully facilitate the exploration of the inner drivers and hindrances of a thriving life.

    Orsolya Lelkes is an independent scholar and psychological counsellor, former Deputy Director at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna and former Head of Economic Research at Hungarian Ministry of Finance.

    Foreword

    Introduction: who does not want to thrive?

    Part I: The challenge

    Unintended consequences of economics as a science

    The narrative of success in Capitalism and its failure

    Part II. What is a good life?

    Pleasure, joy, satisfaction, purpose – refining our quest for happiness

    Sustainable Hedonism

    Flourishing life: ‚living well and doing well’

    Our aspirations. Values in an era of free choice

    Part III. How do we get there?

    The laboratory of flourishing life

    Inner agents and saboteurs of the good life – role theory

    Conclusion: Flourishing life in the world