Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 28, 2013

byDaniel M. Haybron

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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 subjective values, 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 the growing influence of secular Western ideas in the contemporary pursuit of a good life, and considers the influence of social context on our satisfaction and well-being.

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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 subjective values, its importance in our lives, and how we can (and should) pursue it, he con...

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 The Pursuit of Unhappiness (OUP, 2008). He has al...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:August 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. A remarkable fact2. What is happiness?3. Measuring happiness4. Life satisfaction5. The source of happiness6. Beyond happiness: well-being7. Getting outside oneself: virtue and meaning