Happiness for Humans

Paperback | July 4, 2015

byDaniel C. Russell

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In Happiness for Humans, Daniel C. Russell takes a fresh look at happiness from a practical perspective: the perspective of someone trying to solve the wonderful problem of how to give himself a good life. From this perspective, "happiness" is the name of a solution to that problem forpractical deliberation. Russell's approach to happiness falls within a tradition that reaches back to ancient Greek and Roman philosophers - a tradition now called "eudaimonism." Beginning with Aristotle's seminal discussion of the role of happiness in practical reasoning, Russell asks what sort of good happiness would have to be in order to play the role in our practical economies that it actually does play. Looking at happiness from this perspective, Russell argues thathappiness is a life of activity, with three main features: it is acting for the sake of ends we can live for, and living for them wisely; it is fulfilling for us, both as humans and as unique individuals; and it is inextricable from our connections with the particular persons, pursuits, and placesthat make us who we are. By returning to this ancient perspective on happiness, Russell finds new directions for contemporary thought about the good lives we want for ourselves.

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In Happiness for Humans, Daniel C. Russell takes a fresh look at happiness from a practical perspective: the perspective of someone trying to solve the wonderful problem of how to give himself a good life. From this perspective, "happiness" is the name of a solution to that problem forpractical deliberation. Russell's approach to happi...

Daniel C. Russell is Professor of Philosophy at the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom, University of Arizona. He is the author of Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life (Oxford, 2005), Practical Intelligence and the Virtues (Oxford, 2009), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics (Cambridge, forthcoming).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.64 inPublished:July 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations and translations of texts usedIntroductionPart 1. Happiness, then and now1. Happiness, eudaimonia, and practical reasoning2. Happiness as eudaimonia3. Happiness and virtuous activity4. New directions from old debatesPart 2. Happiness then: the sufficiency debate5. Aristotle's case against the sufficiency thesis6. Socrates' case for the sufficiency thesis7. Epictetus and the Stoic self8. The Stoics' case for the sufficiency thesisPart 3. Happiness now: rethinking the self9. The embodied conception of the self10. The embodied conception and psychological well-being11. The Stoics' case against the embodied conceptionWorks citedIndex locorumGeneral index

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"Enjoyable to read, and rewarding to think about. . ." --A. W. Price, The Philosophical Quarterly April 2014