A Brief History of Happiness / Edition 1 by Nicholas White | 9781405115209 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Brief History of Happiness / Edition 1

A Brief History of Happiness / Edition 1

by Nicholas White
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405115203

ISBN-13: 9781405115209

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Wiley

In this brief history, philosopher Nicholas White reviews 2,500 years of philosophical thought about happiness.

  • Addresses key questions such as: What is happiness? Should happiness play such a dominant role in our lives? How can we deal with conflicts between the various things that make us happy?
  • Considers the ways in

Overview

In this brief history, philosopher Nicholas White reviews 2,500 years of philosophical thought about happiness.

  • Addresses key questions such as: What is happiness? Should happiness play such a dominant role in our lives? How can we deal with conflicts between the various things that make us happy?
  • Considers the ways in which major thinkers from antiquity to the modern day have treated happiness: from Plato’s notion of the harmony of the soul, through to Nietzsche’s championing of conflict over harmony.
  • Relates questions about happiness to ethics and to practical philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405115209
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Series:
Brief Histories of Philosophy Series, #5
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,221,620
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introducing the Concept 1

2 Conflicts, Perspectives, and the Identification of Happiness 6

3 Pleasure, Hedonism, and the Measurement of Happiness 41

4 Happiness as Structure and Harmony 75

5 Morality, Happiness, and Conflict 116

6 Happiness, Fact, and Value 142

7 Doing without the Concept 162

Glossary and List of Historical Figures 175

Bibliography 181

Index 187

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >