Standpoints10 Old Ideas In a New World
10 Old Ideas In a New World
Translated by Tam McTurk

Self-help gurus, life coaches and business consultants love to tell us that we must strive for constant self-improvement to realize our full potential and become truly happy. But it doesn't seem to work - for many of us, life still seems hollow and meaningless. So focused are we on personal development and material possessions that we've overlooked the things that make life truly fulfilling and worthwhile.

So how do we figure out what's really worth striving for? In this compelling follow-up to his bestselling book <i>Stand Firm</i>, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann shows us that the important things in life are those with intrinsic value, like goodness, freedom, truth and love. We should stop asking 'what's in it for me?', and turn our attention outwards to our friends, families and communities. By putting others first and embracing these unconditional principles, or standpoints, he argues, we can find a more meaningful and sustainable way of living.

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  • March 2018
  • 160 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Prologue: The Meaningful Life
  • 1. The Good (Aristotle)
  • 2. Dignity (Kant)
  • 3. The Promise (Nietzsche)
  • 4. The Self (Kierkegaard)
  • 5. Truth (Arendt)
  • 6. Responsibility (Løgstrup)
  • 7. Love (Murdoch)
  • 8. Forgiveness (Derrida)
  • 9. Freedom (Camus)
  • 10. Death (Montaigne)
  • Epilogue: Perspectives on the Meaning of Life
About the Author
Svend Brinkmann lived quietly as a professor of psychology at Aalborg University until he published Stand Firm which became an overnight bestseller and quickly established him as a leading public intellectual and cultural critic.  Winner of the prestigious Rosenkjær prize, Svend travels widely to host events and lecture on the key problems of modern life.  He has appeared in various television documentaries, and presented Danish television’s Live Fast! programs and the Meaningful Life series on Danish Radio 1.
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"It takes courage to base a book on a seeming paradox – that it is only the 'useless' ideas of 'useless old philosophers' that will help us stand firm against the ceaseless tsunami of societal mandates for selfimprovement, with their reality-defying, allegedly 'useful' instructions for achieving happy, healthy, wealthy lives. But as Svend Brinkmann courageously demonstrates in each crisply written gem of a chapter, the paradox is more apparent than real. ... Brinkmann’s ten carefully selected standpoints consist not in the usual how-to-live advice, but rather in the firm foundations for making decisions that can help each of us, in our own unique way, live a life worth living – whatever that may turn out to be. The real paradox, indeed magic, of this book is that Brinkmann turns famous philosophical ponderings into a page-turner. Standpoints is easy and fun to read, all the while breathing new life into the old philosophers who have something new to tell us yet."
Barbara S. Held, Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies Emerita, Bowdoin College

"Refreshing and timely."

"A short, clever, and witty book which gradually and powerfully builds a forensic critique of the self obsessions of modern culture. Provocative and highly enjoyable."
Matthew Taylor, The Royal Society of Arts
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