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Happiness Is Overrated - Raymond Angelo Belliotti

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Published: 18th July 2013
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Happiness Is Overrated highlights the greatest thinking on the concept of happiness from classical philosophers such as Plato, to contemporary sociologists and psychologists. It includes practical advice on how to attain happiness, but argues that happiness is not the greatest personal good. Ultimately, the greatest personal good is realized in leading a robustly meaningful, valuable life.

I: Greek, Roman, and Christian happiness -- 1. Happiness as moral and intellectual virtue -- 2. Happiness as flourishing -- 3. Happiness as radical asceticism -- 4. Happiness a hedonism -- 5. Happiness as tranquility -- 6. Happiness as worldly transcendence -- II: Happiness reconceived -- 1. Happiness as morally earned -- 2. Happiness as collective achievement -- 3. Happiness as the greatest good for the greatest number -- 4. Happiness as illusion -- 5. Happiness as positive psychological state -- III: Contemporary philosophical views -- 1. Philosophy joins hands with social science -- 2. Happiness as positive self-appraisal -- 3. Happiness as accurate, positive self-appraisal -- 4. Happiness as connection to objective, preexisting good -- 5. What we learn from contemporary philosophers -- 6. Can everyone be happy? -- 7. Should everyone be happy? -- 8. How much suffering is compatible with happiness? -- 9. Why happiness is overrated -- IV: The paths to happiness -- 1. Adjust expectations -- 2. Nurture relationships -- 3. Be optimistic and appreciative -- 4. Have faith -- 5. Make peace, not war -- 6. Be goal-oriented -- 7. Prioritize -- 8. Use leisure wisely, energize the senses, eat and exercise properly -- 9. Go with the flow -- 10. Be lucky -- 11. Forms of happiness -- V: The meaning of life -- 1. What does it mean to say life has meaning? -- 2. The existential problem -- 3. The religious solution -- A. Eastern religion -- B. Western religion -- C. Assessment of religion -- 4. Cosmic meaninglessness -- 5. The construction of contingent meaning -- A. Nietzsche -- B. Camus -- 6. Telescopes and slinky toys -- 7. Meaning & significance -- 8. Death.

ISBN: 9781417503469
ISBN-10: 1417503467
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 18th July 2013
Publisher: University Press of America