The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being

The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being

by Daniel M. Haybron

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The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being by Daniel M. Haybron

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, policy makers, and other students of human well-being.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191562914
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 09/25/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 731 KB

About the Author

Daniel Haybron is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. His research interests centre on several issues in ethics: well-being and the good life, moral evil, and the virtues.

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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