Practical Philosophy

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Werner Bartens

Happy Together

From best-selling author Werner Bartens (over 150,000 copies of »What Keeps Couples Together« sold, 127,000 copies of »The Book for People Who Hate Doctors« and 111,000 copies of »A Happy Body«) Anyone can fall in love. There’s not all that much to early infatuation. However, not only maintaining a long-term relationship in spite of familiarisation, getting annoyed and gaining weight but actually enjoying it and enriching each other, that requires a whole lot more. Renowned doctor and scientific journalist Dr. Werner Bartens shows us how to have a successful long-term relationship and why being together with another person is worth it for many reasons. For a long time now we have known that a loving relationship helps us stay healthy.

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Didier Fassin

Life

Since antiquity, life, in Adorno’s words, has been the true field of philosophy asking about what the right and good life was. For a little more than a century, however, life has also become a subject of the social sciences. The renowned French physician, anthropologist, and sociologist Didier Fassin proposes a critical dialogue between philosophy and social research.

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Alexander Fischer

Manipulation

In his extremely clearly written book, Alexander Fischer applies himself to a fascinating phenomenon, whose everyday significance can barely be overestimated: Manipulation. He first deals with the subject conceptually, and then embeds it in an action-theoretically way and finally examines its specific psychological manifestations. Fischer closes with the outline of an ethic of manipulation, which teaches a new perspective by means of a critical examination of the paradigmic trio of rationality, freedom and dignity.

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Sebastian Knell

Conquering Time

Biologists have been tracing the mechanisms of ageing for a long time, and some of them claim that, in the future, science will enable us to slow down ageing processes and thus increase the human life span considerably, maybe even to the point of biological immortality.

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Wilhelm Schmid

On the Joy of Being a Parent and Grandparent

Wilhelm Schmid, best-selling author of Happiness and What We Gain As We Grow Older, shows how much life with children can contribute to a meaningful existence. Furthermore, he offers suggestions as to how the children’s resilience, their ability to be self-assertive, can be nurtured.

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Wilhelm Schmid

What We Gain as We Grow Older

Bestselling author Wilhelm Schmid (Happiness) doesn’t want to praise or disparage growing older, but rather to develop a pragmatic art of dealing with it: on the one hand learning to pay attention to the joys that can accompany growing older, and on the other hand learning to cope with the pain that is unavoidable.

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Wilhelm Schmid

Happiness

Simply to be happy is evidently no mean task. In his new book, Wilhelm Schmid contemplates what constitutes happiness, what philosophy can contribute to the question, and what we can and must ourselves do. He focuses on an intellectual stance that we need take toward life; the art of accepting not only the highs but also the lows in life and to recognize meaning and linkages with all our senses.

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Wilhelm Schmid

The Art of Balance

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Wilhelm Schmid

Giving Life Meaning

More and more people are in search of meaning. But why? And where might they look to find it? In Giving Life Meaning, Wilhelm Schmid shows how humans need meaning in order to live, and that they find it above all in the interpersonal sphere, in the establishment, maintenance, and protection of relationships.

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Wilhelm Schmid

Understanding Life

Wilhelm Schmid, best-selling author of Happiness and What We Gain As We Grow Older, was given the opportunity to apply his ideas on founding a philosophical art of living over the course of ten years at a hospital near Zurich, where he discussed the following questions with the patients: What meaning do touches, habits, longings, beauty have? What is happiness? Does one’s own life, or life in general, have meaning at all? Which purpose does work serve? How can we find guidance for our life? How can we deal with anger, life crises, disappointment, pain, sickness and death?

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Wilhelm Schmid

Re-inventing Love

Bestselling author and philosopher Wilhelm Schmid explains why love so seldom works out today but shows how it can prevail against all odds; he describes when we should leave love be, and how we can go about finding it again. His take on »the art of loving« shows us the way to a new lightness in how we live and love.

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Wilhelm Schmid

Love

In his new guide, bestselling author Wilhelm Schmid shows the way to experience success and fulfillment in love. Amusing and easy to read, yet at times very personal, he shares insights into love, faces big questions about power, sex and money and does not duck out of the everyday drama that makes living together that much harder.

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Wilhelm Schmid

Giving And Receiving Gifts

Giving gifts is not as easy as it looks. People often ask themselves: What shall I give to whom and why? A few thoughts on the subject guarantee that giving can make both parties happy. The alternatives are panic purchases or awkward gifts.

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Turkey (Iletisim)

Wilhelm Schmid

Sexout

»Sex is fun!« More and more people – young and old – don’t know what to do with this constantly reiterated phrase anymore, because their experience is entirely different from what it promises: Sex is a problem. This book gives a name to this problem: Sexout. What does this mean for our love life? Does philosophy, of all disciplines, have something to say about it? Could Socrates himself have been in such a predicament?

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Wilhelm Schmid

To Be Friends With Ourselves

We ourselves have become the weakest link in our society. We seem to have lost ourselves; our very self in our so-called advanced and liberated societies.

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)

Wilhelm Schmid

Unhappiness

A guide to learning how to leave enough room for unhappiness, with plenty of comfort-ing examples and facts.

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