Happiness Is Overrated / Edition 1

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Overview

Happiness Is Overrated begins with an historical overview of the development of the concept of 'happiness' from Plato to contemporary writers, highlighting the best scholarship emerging from philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Belliotti includes practical advice on how to attain happiness and addresses issues centered on the meaning of life. Happiness, he argues, is not the greatest personal good, or even a great good in itself. In fact, sometimes happiness isn't a good at all. If we pursue worthwhile, exemplary lives and find happiness along the way, then we are lucky. If we don't, then we can take pride and derive satisfaction from a life well lived. Ultimately, the greatest personal good is realized in leading a robustly meaningful, valuable life.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
In one of the best surveys of the field, Belliotti economically sweeps both historical and contemporary sources into a solidly readable, powerful analysis, achieving the rare status of general public accessibility without sacrificing any scholarly meat. Bulleted summations at the close of chapters serve to clarify and condense. Highly recommended.
The Review Of Metaphysics
Happiness Is Overrated is a good book. Belliotti shows himself to be a clear writer and thinker who is well versed in both the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy. The breadth of his knowledge and understanding is very impressive. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in finding out what philosophers have had to say about the nature and value of happiness and the meaning of human existence.
The Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry
[Belliotti's] book is informative, enjoyable, and meaningful.
CHOICE
In one of the best surveys of the field, Belliotti economically sweeps both historical and contemporary sources into a solidly readable, powerful analysis, achieving the rare status of general public accessibility without sacrificing any scholarly meat. Bulleted summations at the close of chapters serve to clarify and condense. Highly recommended.
Robert C. Solomon
Raymond Belliotti's Happiness Is Overrated is a most welcome book in ethics. Belliotti asks the key questions that philosophers should ask, as should their students, such as to what extent happiness is subjective or objective and whether happiness is indeed the most important thing in life or rather 'overrated.' His answers to these questions should be both enticing and challenging to our students. They will learn a lot of history of philosophy as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742533622
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 1,462,671
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Angelo Belliotti is Distinguished Teaching Professor and chairperson of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is the author of five other books: Justifying Law (1992), Good Sex (1993), Seeking Identity (1995), Stalking Nietzsche (1998), and What is the Meaning of Human Life? (2001).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Greek, Roman, and Christian Happiness Chapter 2 Happiness Reconceived Chapter 3 Contemporary Philosophical Views Chapter 4 The Paths to Happiness Chapter 5 The Meaning of Life

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