What does it mean to be happy? How do we attain this state of mind? Why does happiness seem so elusive in the early twenty-first century when we live in a society of such abundance?
In this ‘guest edit’ by bestselling historian Peter Moore, he is joined for a conversation about the history of happiness by two of Britain’s finest thinkers. Sarah Bakewell is the prize-winning author of How To Live, a biographical study of Michel de Montaigne, and At the Existential Café, an analysis of the philosophical movement led by Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Mike Jay is the author of many critically acclaimed books on the history of science and medicine, most recently Mescaline: a global history of the first psychedelic. In 2017 he co-curated the Wellcome Trust’s exhibition Bedlam: the asylum and beyond, which examined the history of mental health.