Love, Life, Goethe : How to be happy in an imperfect world

Author(s): John Armstrong

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is often remembered only as a figure of literary genius, with little relevance to the way we live today. Yet Goethe was driven by much more than the desire for literary success: he wanted (much the same as us) to live life well. In "Love, Life, Goethe", John Armstrong subtly and imaginatively explores the ways that we can learn from Goethe, whether in love, suffering, friendship or family. At the centre of this project is happiness: in am imperfect world, how can we live well with what we have, and accept what we haven't? From our lives at home, to our relationships, the politicians we choose, and our relationship with money, John Armstrong explores the main themes of our lives through the life of Goethe, and helps us learn how to live. First published 2006.


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John Armstrong was born in Glasgow in 1966. Previously director of the Aesthetics Programme at the University of London, he is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is author of Conditions of Love and The Secret Power of Beauty, both published by Penguin.

General Fields

  • : 9780713996791
  • : allenl
  • : allenl
  • : 0.346
  • : April 2006
  • : 198mm X 126mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : ill
  • : 512
  • : 158.1
  • : illustrated edition
  • : Paperback
  • : John Armstrong