The Right to Be Happy

The Right to Be Happy

The Right to Be Happy

The Right to Be Happy

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This book attempts two things: first to demonstrate that happiness for all human beings is not only feasible, but the most satisfactory basis for social construction; second to bring to the help of such construction modern theories of the nature of man and the universe. At a time when there is so widespread a struggle against national, class, and sexual oppression, it seems important to examine the various claims which are advanced, and to see whether, after all, there is not behind them a consistent new philosophy.

To me at least it appears that people of our time are expressing new ethics and metaphysics against which the old ones may be weighed and found wanting. Such views, however, lie scattered among specialists in the various sciences, in education, and psychology, or are confusedly shouted as slogans of party or sex. We suffer very much in England and America from the rigid . . .

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