Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Aug 29, 2013 - Philosophy - 149 pages
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Happiness is an everyday term in our lives, and most of us strive to be happy. But defining happiness can be difficult. In this Very Short Introduction, Dan Haybron considers the true nature of happiness. By examining what it is, assessing its importance in our lives, and how we can (and should) pursue it, he considers the current thinking on happiness, from psychology to philosophy. Illustrating the diverse routes to happiness, Haybron reflects on contemporary ideas about the pursuit of a good life and considers the influence of social context on our satisfaction and well-being. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

1 A remarkable fact
1
2 What is happiness?
14
3 Life satisfaction
31
4 Measuring happiness
42
5 The sources of happiness
52
wellbeing
77
virtue and meaning
91
8 A good life
109
References and further reading
129
Index
141
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Daniel M. Haybron is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University. His research interests centre on several issues in ethics: well-being and the good life, moral evil, and the virtues. He has worked primarily on happiness since 1995. He is the author of ThePursuit of Unhappiness (OUP, 2008). He has also published a number of articles on happiness.

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