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

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OUP Oxford, Sep 25, 2008 - Philosophy - 376 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

THE NATURE OF HAPPINESS
59
THE NATURE OF WELLBEING
153
PURSUING HAPPINESS
197
Afterword
281
Notes
283
Bibliography
317
Index
343
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Daniel Haybron is Assistant 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.

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