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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 the ways 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. Ideal for ethics courses, Happiness: Classic and Contemporary Readings can also be used in courses in introductory philosophy and positive psychology.
Table of Contents
|Historical sources||p. 1|
|The Republic (selections)||p. 3|
|The Nicomachean ethics (selections)||p. 19|
|Letter to Menoeceus||p. 34|
|Leading doctrines||p. 37|
|On the happy life (selections)||p. 41|
|The happy life (selections)||p. 51|
|Summa Contra gentiles (selections)||p. 60|
|Leviathan (selections)||p. 68|
|Upon the love of our neighbour||p. 77|
|The sceptic||p. 86|
|An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation (selections)||p. 99|
|Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals (selections)||p. 103|
|Critique of pure reason (selections)||p. 113|
|On the variety and suffering of life (selections)||p. 114|
|Utilitarianism (selections)||p. 121|
|Happiness and duty||p. 144|
|On the uses and disadvantages of history for life (selections)||p. 152|
|Contemporary theories||p. 161|
|Pleasure and happiness||p. 163|
|Why hedonism is fake||p. 173|
|Attitudinal and episodic happiness||p. 179|
|Happiness and time||p. 193|
|Two conceptions of happiness||p. 201|
|Virtue ethics||p. 222|
|The experience machine||p. 236|
|Happiness as achievement||p. 238|
|Virtue and eudaimonism||p. 245|
|Happiness and immorality||p. 261|
|Happiness and morality||p. 267|
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