In the second paragraph of Bertrand Russell's "The Happy Life," how does Russell construct his argument?
At the very end of his book titled The Conquest of Happiness, Russell offers two summary paragraphs in which he discusses the “happy life.” In the second of those two paragraphs, Russell constructs his argument as follows:
- In the sentence beginning “There is another difference,” Russell announces that the attitude toward life he recommend differs in an even more subtle way from the attitude “recommended by the traditional moralists.” He thus begins with a general statement which the rest of the paragraph will elucidate.
- In the next three sentences, Russell disputes the traditional argument that love should be unselfish. He argues instead that
it should undoubtedly be of such a nature that one's own happiness is bound up in its success.
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