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On Kindness by Adam Phillips, Barbara Taylor

What is kindness? Does it make us happier? And does it have a place in a selfish world?Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and historian Barbara Taylor present an elegant, thoughtful and concise analysis of kindness in history, in life and in the modern world. Suggesting that acts of kindness occur when we are at our most open and honest, they ask why it is that our faith in kindness has been shaken - and why we are all too ready to believe that antagonism has taken its place.

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Praise for Side Effects:'Erudite sparks from art, literature, science and philosophy . . . refreshingly lucid observations . . . Phillips is riveting . . . he bangs nails on heads, and into coffins, with such eloquent precision
Telegraph

'Frequent moments of brilliance, sentences that sing out as containing perfect sense . . . brilliant, baffling and fascinating'
Observer Praise for Side Effects:

'Erudite sparks from art, literature, science and philosophy . . . refreshingly lucid observations . . . Phillips is riveting . . . he bangs nails on heads, and into coffins, with such eloquent precision'
Telegraph

'Frequent moments of brilliance, sentences that sing out as containing perfect sense . . . brilliant, baffling and fascinating'
Observer

About the Author

Adam Phillips, formerly Principle Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently Unforbidden Pleasures, and Missing Out. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

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Publication date

27th November 2009

Author

Adam Phillips, Barbara Taylor

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
128 pages

Categories

Popular philosophy

ISBN

9780141039336

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