The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being by Daniel M. HaybronThe Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being by Daniel M. Haybron

The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being

byDaniel M. Haybron

Paperback | October 1, 2010

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The pursuit of happiness is a defining theme of the modern era. But what if people aren't very good at it? That is the question posed by this book, the first comprehensive philosophical treatment of happiness, understood here as a psychological phenomenon. Engaging heavily with the scientificliterature, Dan Haybron argues that people probably know less about their own welfare, and may be less effective at securing it, than common belief has it. This is largely because human nature is surprisingly ill-suited to the pursuit of happiness. For the happiness that counts for well-being is nota matter of what we think about our lives, but of the quality of our emotional conditions. Yet our emotional lives are remarkably difficult to grasp. Moreover, we make a variety of systematic errors in the pursuit of happiness. These considerations suggest that we should rethink traditionalassumptions about the good life and the good society. For instance, the pursuit of happiness may be primarily a matter of social context rather than personal choice. This book offers an extensive guide to philosophical thinking about happiness and well-being, correcting serious misconceptions that have beset the literature. It will be a definitive resource for philosophers, social scientists, policymakers, and other students of well-being.
Daniel Haybron is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University. His research interests centre on several issues in ethics: well-being and the good life, moral evil, and the virtues.
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Title:The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-BeingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199592463

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Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals of Prudential Psychology1. Taking Socrates's Question Seriously2. Happiness, Well-Being, and the Good Life: A Primer3. What Do We Want from a Theory of Happiness? Or how to make a mongrel concept huntPart II: The Nature of Happiness4. Hedonistic Theories of Happiness5. Life Satisfaction Theories of Happiness6. Emotional State Theories of Happiness7. Happiness as Psychic AffirmationPart III: The Nature of Well-Being8. Well-Being and Virtue9. Happiness, the Self, and Human FlourishingPart IV: Pursuing Happiness10. Do We Know How Happy We Are?11. The Pursuit of Unhappiness12. Happiness in Context: Notes on the Good Society

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"Dan Haybron asks the key philosophical questions about happiness: what is happiness, and how can we know about it, and what is it good for? His book offers insightful answers that are well-grounded in both science and philosophy. The book is full of clear and rigorous arguments, but at thesame time it is a pleasure to read. It will be a milestone in the philosophical discussion of happiness." --David Chalmers, Australian National University