Prof. Darrin McMahon

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Darrin McMahon is a special kind of historian: a historian of ideas. His work explores how concepts like happiness and genius have changed over time and why.

Prof. Darrin McMahon

About Darrin McMahon

Darrin McMahon is a Professor of European Intellectual History at Dartmouth College in the USA. He researches and writes about the history of ideas.

Darrin's work focuses on how concepts like happiness and genius have been approached through history, and has been featured in publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal. His book Happiness: A History was labelled one of the Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Library Journal, and Slate Magazine.

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