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A Brief History of Happiness

by Nicholas White

A Brief History of Happiness Synopsis

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

A Brief History of Happiness Press Reviews

White takes his readers on [a] journey, aiming to reach an appreciation of the nature of happiness. He splendidly suceeds in making the journey as fascinating as it deserves to be. White has produced a unique, thoughtful work that provides a meaningful excursion through our conceptions of happiness. Readers will be left with a gift of greater insight into both the triumphs and limitations of our efforts to understand ourselves. PsycCRITIQUES A valuable aid to the flourishing literature on happiness and its history. Ethics Nicholas White offers a brisk, informative, and readable account of various attempts, throughout the Western philosophical tradition, to articulate the meaning of that elusive term 'happiness.' Review of Metaphysics

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405115209
Publication date: 21st December 2005
Author: Nicholas White
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Philosophy,

About Nicholas White

Nicholas P. White is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.

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