Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings in Philosophy

Paperback | March 21, 2007

EditorSteven M. Cahn, Christine Vitrano

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Happiness has long been a focus of attention for philosophers as well as psychologists. This volume, the only collection devoted to the subject from the standpoint of philosophy, offers twenty-seven classic and contemporary readings exploring the nature of happiness. Part I, a survey of theways happiness has been treated throughout the history of ethics, includes writings by Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Seneca, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Butler, David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, Arthur Schopenhauer, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, Friedrich Nietzsche,and Jean-Paul Sartre. Part II explores the work of contemporary ethical theorists, including Julia Annas, John Kekes, Richard Kraut, Robert Nozick, and Richard Taylor. The book also includes an introduction by psychologist Daniel Nettle, headnotes for each selection, and essays by the editors. Idealfor ethics courses, Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings can also be used in courses in introductory philosophy and positive psychology.

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Happiness has long been a focus of attention for philosophers as well as psychologists. This volume, the only collection devoted to the subject from the standpoint of philosophy, offers twenty-seven classic and contemporary readings exploring the nature of happiness. Part I, a survey of theways happiness has been treated throughout the...

Steven M. Cahn is a Professor of Philosophy, The City University of New York Graduate Center. Christine Vitrano is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, The City College of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:289 pages, 6.5 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublished:March 21, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceDaniel Nettle: IntroductionPART I. HISTORICAL SOURCESPlato, The Republic (selections)Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (selections)Letter to Menoeceus; Leading Doctrines: EpicurusSeneca, On the Happy Life (selections)Augustine, The Happy Life (selections)Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles (selections)Thomas Aquinas, Leviathan (selections)Joseph Butler, Upon the Love of Our NeighborDavid Hume, The ScepticJeremy Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (selections)Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals (selections); Critique of Pure Reason (selections)Arthur Schopenhauer, On the Sufferings of the World (selections)John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (selections)Henry Sidgwick, Happiness and DutyFriedrich Nietzsche, On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life (selections)Jean-Paul Sartre, ForlornnessPART II. CONTEMPORARY THEORIESA. Happiness as PleasureWayne Davis, Pleasure and HappinessDaniel Haybron, Why Hedonism is FalseB. Happiness as SatisfactionJohn Kekes, Attitudinal and Episodic HappinessWladyslaw Tatarkiewicz, Happiness and TimeC. Happiness as More Than SatisfactionRichard Kraut, Two Conceptions of HappinessRichard Taylor, Virtue Ethics and HappinessRobert Nozick, The Experience MachineJulia Annas, Happiness as AchievementD. Happiness and VirtueJulia Annas, Virtue and EudaimonismSteven M. Cahn and Jeffrie G. Murphy, Happiness and ImmoralityChristine Vitrano, Happiness and Morality

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"A very timely and important contribution for college and university philosophy instructors."--David Elliott, University of Regina