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Wilhelm Schmid

Happiness - Everything you need to know about it and why it is not the most important thing in life

(German title: Glück)
ca. 79 pages
Clothbound
2007
Wilhelm Schmid
Foto: Wilhelm Schmid
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Wilhelm Schmid, freelance philosopher, born in 1953, lives in Berlin and teaches Philosophy at the University of Erfurt. For many years, he taught as a visiting professor in Riga/Latvia and in Tiflis/Georgia and worked as a »philosophical counsellor« at a hospital near Zurich/Switzerland. He is a soughtafter guest speaker and has been giving lectures in China and South Korea since 2010. He was awarded the Meckatzer Prize for Philosophy in 2012 and the Egnér Prize in 2013. His works have been translated into 25 languages, his bestselling book Gelassenheit has sold over 600.000 copies.

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Spanish world rights (Pre-Textos), Chinese Simplex rights (Shanghai Translation Publishing), France (Autrement), Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Denmark (Informations Forlag), Danish Audiobook Rights (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Sweden (Lind & Co.), Finland (Ajatus), Korea (Bookstory), Estonia (Olion), Latvia (Zvaigzne ABC)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Hoffmann und Campe)

More than 200.000 copies sold

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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.

What is happiness? It is a question that does not leave us in peace. Could it not be that precisely the constant hunt for happiness makes us unhappy? For happiness is nothing more than a word. What is decisive is what it is used to describe, what meaning the word is given that refers not only to »happiness« in the singular. In his new book, as a philosopher of the art of life Wilhelm Schmid studies the plethora of meanings more closely and how happiness relates to chance, to feeling good, to a wealth of opportunities, to being unhappy. Schmid counters the prophets of happiness who offer smart advice on how to be happy wherever you are and whoever you are by saying that happiness merely stands in for the more important question of what the »meaning« of it all is. But if meaning is no longer available in its own guise then it becomes a bit of an effort finding meaning and justifying it.

 

Selected Foreign Editions

 

Spanish edition released by Pre-Textos >>
 

Chinese simplex edition released by Shanghai Translation Publishing
 

French edition released by Autrement >>
 

Italian edition released by Fazi >>
 

Dutch edition released by Ambo/Anthos >>
 

Danish edition released by Informations Forlag >>
 

Finnish edition released by Ajatus >>
 

Korean edition released by Bookstory >>
 

Estonian edition released by Olion
 

Latvian edition released by Zvaigzne ABC
 

Other publications

Selbstfreundschaft/Self-Acceptance (2018)

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France (Piranha), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV)

Sexout/Sexout (2015)

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV)

Gelassenheit/What We Gain as We Grow Older (2014)

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English world rights (Upper Westside Philosophers), Spanish world rights (Kairos), Catalan rights (Angle), Chinese complex rights (Emily Publishing Co.), Russia (Directmedia), Portuguese rights (Penguin Random House/Objectiva), France (Piranha), Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Denmark (Informations Forlag), Danish audio book rights (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Sweden (Lind & Co.), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Finland (Aula & Co.), Korea (Chaek Se Sang), Japan (Mikasa Shobo), Poland (W.A.B.), Czech Republic (Euromedia), Serbia (Laguna), Latvia (Zvaigzne), Slovenia (Narava), Turkey (Iletisim), Ukraine (Knihy XXI), India (Malayalam, Sahitya Pravarthaka), Israel (Modan)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV), German Book Club (Club Bertelsmann)

Unglücklich sein/Unhappiness (2012)

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English world rights (Upper West Side Philosophers), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Komplett Media)

Liebe/Love (2011)

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Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Denmark (Informations Forlag), Danish Audiobook Rights (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Latvia (Zvaigzne), Turkey (Iletisim)

Die Liebe neu erfinden/Re-inventing Love (2010)

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Chinese simplex rights (Shanghai Translation Publishing House), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)

Schönes Leben?/Beautiful Life? (2005)

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Italy (Apogeo), Netherlands (Ambo|Anthos), Korea (Chaek Se Sang), Latvia (Zvaigzne), Georgia (Akolasia); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Serbia (Svetovi)

Die Kunst der Balance/The Art of Balance (2005)

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Latvia (Zvaigzne Abc)

Mit sich selbst befreundet sein/To Be Friends With Ourselves (2004)

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)

Philosophie der Lebenskunst/Philosophie der Lebenskunst (1998)

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Spanish world rights (Pre-Textos), Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)