Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science

Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science

by Sissela Bok
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300139292

ISBN-13: 9780300139297

Pub. Date: 08/24/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this smart and timely book, the distinguished moral philosopher Sissela Bok ponders the nature of happiness and its place in philosophical thinking and writing throughout the ages. With nuance and elegance, Bok explores notions of happiness—from Greek philosophers to Desmond Tutu, Charles Darwin, Iris Murdoch, and the Dalai Lama—as well as the latest

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In this smart and timely book, the distinguished moral philosopher Sissela Bok ponders the nature of happiness and its place in philosophical thinking and writing throughout the ages. With nuance and elegance, Bok explores notions of happiness—from Greek philosophers to Desmond Tutu, Charles Darwin, Iris Murdoch, and the Dalai Lama—as well as the latest theories advanced by psychologists, economists, geneticists, and neuroscientists. Eschewing abstract theorizing, Bok weaves in a wealth of firsthand observations about happiness from ordinary people as well as renowned figures. This may well be the most complete picture of happiness yet.

This book is also a clarion call to think clearly and sensitively about happiness. Bringing together very different disciplines provides Bok with a unique opportunity to consider the role of happiness in wider questions of how we should lead our lives and treat one another—concerns that don’t often figure in today’s happiness equation. How should we pursue, weigh, value, or limit our own happiness, or that of others, now and in the future? Compelling and perceptive, Exploring Happiness shines a welcome new light on the heart of the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300139297
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I Luck 1

II Experience 11

III Discordant Definitions 35

IV "On the Happy Life" 59

V Measurement 83

VI Beyond Temperament 107

VII Is Lasting Happiness Achievable? 132

VIII Illusion 155

IX The Scope of Happiness 173

Notes 179

Index 203

Acknowledgments 217

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