Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9781789142273 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only

A Philosophy of Simple Living

Jérôme Brillaud

A Philosophy of Simple Living

Jérôme Brillaud

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200 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $20.00 ISBN: 9781789142273 Will Publish May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Today, “simple living” is a rallying cry for anti-consumerists, environmentalists, and anyone concerned with humanity’s effect on the planet. But what is so revolutionary about a simple life? And why are we so fascinated with simplicity today? A Philosophy of Simple Living charts the ideas, motivations, and practices of simplicity from antiquity to the present day. Bringing together an array of people, practices, and movements, from Henry David Thoreau to Steve Jobs, and from Cynics and Shakers to the “slow movement,” voluntary simplicity and degrowth, this book is as comprehensive as it is concise. Written in elegant, spare prose, A Philosophy of Simple Living will be of great benefit to all who wish to declutter and pare back their complicated, modern lives.
Contents
Introduction: What’s in a Name? 1 Simple Beginnings 2 Walking in Simplicity 3 The ‘Gift to Be Simple’ 4 A Simple Reform 5 Simplicity Made Simple Conclusion: A Simple Voice References Bibliography Acknowledgements
Review Quotes
Brendan Gleeson, author of "The Urban Condition"
“A powerfully insightful work that deserves wide attention at a time of unprecedented confoundment and burden in the human condition.”
Phillip John Usher, New York University
“Thoughtful and beautifully written. . . . A must-read in our era of noise and distraction.”
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