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Happiness Classic and Contemporary Readings in Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0195321405
ISBN-13: 9780195321401
Edition: 2007
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 289
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Happiness has long been a focus of attention for philosophers as well as psychologists. This volume, the only collection devoted to the subject from the standpoint of philosophy, offers twenty-seven classic and contemporary readings exploring the nature of happiness. Part I, a survey of the ways happiness has been treated throughout the history of ethics, includes writings by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Seneca, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Butler, David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Part II explores the work of contemporary ethical theorists, including Julia Annas, John Kekes, Richard Kraut, Robert Nozick, and Richard Taylor. The book also includes an introduction by psychologist Daniel Nettle, headnotes for each selection, and essays by the editors. Ideal for ethics courses, Happiness: Classical and Contemporary Readings can also be used in courses in introductory philosophy and positive psychology.

Historical sources
The Republic (selections)
The Nicomachean ethics (selections)
Letter to Menoeceus
Leading doctrines
On the happy life (selections)
The happy life (selections)
Summa Contra gentiles (selections)
Leviathan (selections)
Upon the love of our neighbour
The sceptic
An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation (selections)
Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals (selections)
Critique of pure reason (selections)
On the variety and suffering of life (selections)
Utilitarianism (selections)
Happiness and duty
On the uses and disadvantages of history for life (selections)
Forlornness
Contemporary theories
Pleasure and happiness
Why hedonism is fake
Attitudinal and episodic happiness
Happiness and time
Two conceptions of happiness
Virtue ethics
The experience machine
Happiness as achievement
Virtue and eudaimonism
Happiness and immorality
Happiness and morality

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