Happiness and the Good Life

Hardcover | February 1, 2012

byMike W. Martin

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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 thephilosophical notion of "the good life." Defining happiness as loving one's life and valuing it in ways manifested by ample enjoyment and a deep sense of meaning, Martin explores the ways in which happiness interacts with all other dimensions of good lives - in particular with moral decency andgoodness, authenticity, mental health, self-fulfillment, and meaningfulness. He interweaves a variety of examples from memoirs, novels, and films along the way, connecting his discussion of the philosophical issues to related topics that interest all of us: virtue, love, philanthropy, suffering, simplicity, balancing work and leisure, and much more. Drawing on wide-rangingand robust evidence, Martin also makes the case that we need a "politics of happiness" whereby government would apply the results of recent "happiness studies" in psychology to public policy.

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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 thephilosophical notion of "the good life." Defini...

Mike W. Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University, in Orange, California. He specializes in applied ethics, and his books include From Morality to Mental Health: Virtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture (Oxford, 2006) and Meaningful Work: Rethinking Professional Ethics (Oxford, 2000).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199845212

ISBN - 13:9780199845217

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Preface1. Loving Life2. Valuing Happiness3. Betting on Virtue4. Authenticity5. Happily Self-Deceived6. Suffering in Happy Lives7. Paradoxes of Happiness8. Happy to Help9. Shared Pursuits in Love10. Balancing Work and Leisure11. Simplicity12. Felicity in Frankenstein13. Personal and PoliticalBibliographyIndex