Happiness, Stability and Transcendence in Western Religion, Philosophy and Poetry
This book follows in the footsteps of great thinkers on human happiness, from the Hebrew Bible, through Greek philosophy, medieval mysticism, early modern philosophy, 19th century transcendentalism, the 20th century Harlem Renaissance and early Hebrew poetry, to contemporary writings. As active participators in the ongoing process of creation, we can amend the world and make it a stable, safe place for all. This can be done through curiosity and learning, connecting with the divine and nature, activism for the oneness of all, or by the simple awareness of our significant standing as individuals and as a society in a unique and wonderful system of humanity and the divine. The text includes primary sources on happiness in their original ancient languages: Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek, along with their scholarly translations into English.
Nili Alon Amit, PhD, is a researcher of ancient and modern philosophy and literature, and a Visiting Research Scholar at UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Her published articles explore the ancient philosophy of soul and ethics and the modern philosophy of education.
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