Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science

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Yale University Press, 2011 - Philosophy - 218 pages
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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.

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Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science

User Review  - David Gordon - Book Verdict

In this wide-ranging study, Bok (senior visiting fellow, Harvard Ctr. for Population & Development Studies: Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life) endeavors to survey happiness from a variety ... Read full review

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User Review  - Naomi - Goodreads

Bok's exploration of happiness is interesting for the ethical issues raised and as part of the general interest in happiness literature, which also forms the soil being worked. A work of philosophy ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Sissela Bok is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and a moral philosopher of international renown. A former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Bok is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and sits on the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Common Knowledge, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Her many books include the seminal Lying, Secrets, A Strategy for Peace, Mayhem, and Common Values. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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