Happiness and the Good Life

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Oxford University Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Philosophy - 248 pages
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What is happiness? How is it related to morality and virtue? Does living with illusion promote or diminish happiness? Is it better to pursue happiness with a partner than alone? Philosopher Mike W. Martin addresses these and other questions as he connects the meaning of happiness with the philosophical notion of "the good life."
 

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Contents

1 Loving Life
3
2 Valuing Happiness
20
3 Betting on Virtue
34
4 Authenticity
51
5 Happily SelfDeceived
64
6 Suffering in Happy Lives
78
7 Paradoxes of Happiness
91
8 Happy to Help
107
10 Balancing Work and Leisure
130
11 Simplicity
144
12 Felicity in Frankenstein
155
13 Personal and Political
170
Notes
187
Bibliography
211
Index
225
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9 Shared Pursuits in Love
119

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About the author (2012)

Mike W. Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University, in Orange, California.

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