The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being / Edition 1 by Daniel M. Haybron | 9780199545988 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being / Edition 1

The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being / Edition 1

by Daniel M. Haybron
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199545987

ISBN-13: 9780199545988

Pub. Date: 11/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The pursuit of happiness is a defining theme of the modern era. But what if people aren't very good at it? This and related questions are explored in this book, the first comprehensive philosophical treatment of happiness in the contemporary psychological sense. In these pages, Dan Haybron argues that people are probably less effective at judging, and promoting,

Overview

The pursuit of happiness is a defining theme of the modern era. But what if people aren't very good at it? This and related questions are explored in this book, the first comprehensive philosophical treatment of happiness in the contemporary psychological sense. In these pages, Dan Haybron argues that people are probably less effective at judging, and promoting, their own welfare than common belief has it. For the psychological dimensions of well-being, particularly our emotional lives, are far richer and more complex than we tend to realize. Knowing one's own interests is no trivial matter. As well, we tend to make a variety of systematic errors in the pursuit of happiness. We may need, then, to rethink traditional assumptions about human nature, the good life, and the good society.

Thoroughly engaged with both philosophical and scientific work on happiness and well-being, this book will be a definitive resource for philosophers, social scientists, policymakers, and other students of human well-being.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199545988
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals of Prudential Psychology
1. Taking Socrates's Question Seriously
2. Happiness, Well-Being, and the Good Life: A Primer
3. What Do We Want from a Theory of Happiness? Or how to make a mongrel concept hunt
Part II: The Nature of Happiness
4. Pleasure
5. Life Satisfaction
6. Emotional State
7. Happiness as Psychic Affirmation
Part III: The Nature of Well-Being
8. Well-Being and Virtue
9. Happiness, the Self, and Human Flourishing
Part IV: Pursuing Happiness
10. Do We Know How Happy We Are?
11. The Pursuit of Unhappiness
12. Happiness in Context: Notes on the Good Society

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