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Philosophy and Happiness
Edited by Lisa Bortolotti
 
 
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Philosophy and Happiness addresses the need to situate any meaningful discourse about happiness in a wider context of human interests, capacities and circumstances. How is happiness manifested and expressed? Can there be any happiness if no worthy life projects are pursued? How is happiness affected by relationships, illness, or cultural variants? Can it be reduced to preference satisfaction? Is it a temporary feeling or a persistent way of being? Is reflection conducive to happiness? Is mortality necessary for it? These are the questions people ask themselves when they stop and think about how they feel, how their lives are going, and how they would be going if different choices had been made or different values had been prioritized. These are the questions that contributors to this volume begin to answer, adopting different methodologies, among which the analysis of widespread intuitions about imaginary and real-life scenarios, and reflection on the interpretation of the relevant empirical evidence emerging from psychology and economics.


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Philosophy and Happiness addresses the need to situate any meaningful discourse about happiness in a wider context of human interests, capacities and circumstances. How is happiness manifested and expressed? Can there be any happiness if no worthy life projects are pursued? How is happiness affected by relationships, illness, or cultural variants? Can it be reduced to preference satisfaction? Is it a temporary feeling or a persistent way of being? Is reflection conducive to happiness? Is mortality necessary for it? These are the questions people ask themselves when they stop and think about how they feel, how their lives are going, and how they would be going if different choices had been made or different values had been prioritized. These are the questions that contributors to this volume begin to answer, adopting different methodologies, among which the analysis of widespread intuitions about imaginary and real-life scenarios, and reflection on the interpretation of the relevant empirical evidence emerging from psychology and economics.


Reviews

'Individually, the chapters in this book are all of a high quality and can stand on their own, but when read together an interesting dialogue emerges that shows how investigations proceeding from different starting points can work together to reveal a clearer picture of what it is we are studying...A rewarding and thought-provoking read, it proposes some intriguing answers and, perhaps even more importantly, raises still further questions that can help direct our investigations into the elusive nature of happiness.' - International Journal of Well-Being


Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
Introducing Philosophy and Happiness; L.Bortolotti
PART I: HAPPINESS AND THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
Happiness and Meaningfulness: Some Key Differences; T.Metz
Happiness, Temporality, Meaning; J.Cottingham
Tragic Joyfulness; P.Tabensky
Shape and the Meaningfulness of Life; L.James
Immortal Happiness; M.Quigley& J.Harris
'I am well, apart from the fact that I have cancer': Explaining Well-being within Illness; H.Carel
Suffering in Happy Lives; M.W.Martin
PART II: HAPPINESS AND THE MIND.
Reflections on Positive Psychology; E.Duncan, I.Grazzani-Gavazzi& U.K.Subba
Face Value. Perception and Knowledge of Others' Happiness; E.Zamuner
The Politics of Happiness: Subjective vs. Economic Measures as Measures of Social Well-being; E.Angner
Happiness and Preference-Satisfaction; I.Law
The Politics of the Self: Stability, Normativity and the Lives we can Live with Living; J.Lenman
Happiness and Life Choices: Sartre on Desire, Deliberation and Action; J.Fernández
The Reflective Life and Happiness; V.Tiberius
References and Bibliography
Index


Authors

LISA BORTOLOTTI is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, UK. She works primarily in the philosophy of the cognitive sciences and in applied ethics, and she has an interest in happiness, mortality and the meaning of life. She has been Visiting Professor at the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milan, Endeavour Research Fellow at the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science in Sydney, and Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science.