Nature and Value of Happiness

ISBN-10: 0813347270

ISBN-13: 9780813347271

Edition: 2014

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Description: The Nature and Value of Happinessprovides a historic and contemporary overview of the philosophy of happiness, with critical evaluations to help students analyze the material and trace the evolution of a deeply nuanced concept. Addressing how the modern notion of happiness has changed from its ancient origins, Christine Vitrano attempts to clarify the precise value of happiness. This search leads Vitrano to examine topics such as if happiness requires morality or whether happiness can be considered the greatest good or simply one good among many. The philosophical theories are presented in a way that is accessible to anyone interested in learning about happiness, regardless of previous philosophical study. All technical terms and concepts are clearly explained, and illustrative examples tied into the text bring the material to life and help establish the relevance of the subject to readers. The ultimate goal is to reach a definition of the nature of happiness that best reflects the way we use the word today. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on happiness and is ideal for initiating provocative discussions in courses on happiness and ethics.

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction
Happiness as Pleasure
The Varieties of Hedonism
What Is Pleasure?
Ancient Hedonism
Modern Hedonism
Contemporary Hedonism
Should We Be Hedonists About Happiness?
Happiness as Virtue: Plato and the Stoics
Platonic Happiness
Stoic Happiness
Happiness as Virtue: Aristotle
Is Virtue Necessary for Happiness?
Happiness as Desire Satisfaction
The Simple Satisfaction View
The Simple Satisfaction View: Second Formulation
The Simple Satisfaction View: Third Formulation
The Simple Satisfaction View: Final Formulation
Happiness as Something More than Satisfaction
The Normative View
Happiness as Appraisal: First Formulation
Happiness as Appraisal: Second Formulation
Conclusion
Happiness as Life Satisfaction
The Life-Satisfaction View
Is There One Concept of Happiness?
Are Mistakes About Happiness Possible?
Is Life Satisfaction Arbitrary?
Happiness and Morality
The Happy Immoralist
Morality or the Appearance of Morality?
The Pursuit of Happiness
Conclusion
Appendix: The Experience Machine
Index
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