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A Brief History of Happiness

Nicholas P. White

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Philosophie

Beschreibung

In this brief history, philosopher Nicholas White reviews 2,500years of philosophical thought about happiness. * * Addresses key questions such as: What is happiness? Shouldhappiness play such a dominant role in our lives? How can we dealwith conflicts between the various things that make us happy? * Considers the ways in which major thinkers from antiquity tothe modern day have treated happiness: from Plato's notion ofthe harmony of the soul, through to Nietzsche's championingof conflict over harmony. * Relates questions about happiness to ethics and to practicalphilosophy.

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Ethics
"White takes his readers on [a] journey, aiming to reach anappreciation of the nature of happiness. He splendidly suceeds inmaking the journey as fascinating as it deserves to be. White hasproduced a unique, thoughtful work that provides a meaningfulexcursion through our conceptions of happiness. Readers will beleft with a gift of greater insight into both the triumphs andlimitations of our efforts to understand ourselves."PsycCRITIQUES <!--end--> "A valuable aid to the flourishing literature on happiness andits history." Ethics "Nicholas White offers a brisk, informative, and readableaccount of various attempts, throughout the Western philosophicaltradition, to articulate the meaning of that elusive term'happiness.'" Review of Metaphysics"White takes his readers on [a] journey, aiming to reach anappreciation of the nature of happiness. He splendidly suceeds inmaking the journey as fascinating as it deserves to be. White hasproduced a unique, thoughtful work that provides a meaningfulexcursion through our conceptions of happiness. Readers will beleft with a gift of greater insight into both the triumphs andlimitations of our efforts to understand ourselves."PsycCRITIQUES "A valuable aid to the flourishing literature on happiness andits history."

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Schlagwörter

Philosophie, Historical Western Philosophy, Philosophy, Geschichte der westlichen Philosophie