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Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Daniel M. Haybron

August 2013

ISBN: 9780199590605

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Most of us spend our lives striving for happiness. But what is it? How important is it? How can we (and should we) pursue it? In this Very Short Introduction Dan Haybron provides a comprehensive look at the nature of happiness. By using examples, Haybron considers how we measure happiness, what makes us happy, and considers its subjective nature.

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Most of us spend our lives striving for happiness. But what is it? How important is it? How can we (and should we) pursue it? In this Very Short Introduction Dan Haybron provides a comprehensive look at the nature of happiness. By using examples, Haybron considers how we measure happiness, what makes us happy, and considers its subjective nature.

  • Considers our definitions of happiness, and its importance
  • Provides an overview of contemporary and historical thinking about happiness
  • Looks at both the philosophical and psychological aspects of happiness
  • Considers not just what happiness is, and what brings it, but how happiness fits into an ethical life
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series

About the Author(s)

Daniel M. Haybron, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Department at Saint Louis University, USA

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 also published a number of articles on happiness.

Table of Contents

    1: A remarkable fact
    2: What is happiness?
    3: Measuring happiness
    4: Life satisfaction
    5: The source of happiness
    6: Beyond happiness: well-being
    7: Getting outside oneself: virtue and meaning

Reviews

"Welcome and erudite" - Huffington Post

"[T]he book is interesting, well-written and well-argued." - GrrlScientist, The Guardian

"excellent" - David Lorimer, Network REview