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Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Steven Cahn and Christine Vitrano

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

How should we evaluate the success of each person's life? Countering the prevalent philosophical perspective on the subject, this book defends the view that our well-being is dependent not on ... More


Introduction

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This book offers philosophical reflections on whether success can be equated with fame, achievement, acquisitions, or relationships. More specifically, it explores the connections between morality, ... More


Morality and Unhappiness

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines the connection between morality and unhappiness. It considers circumstances in which immoral behavior provides a greater chance to avoid disaster than does acting morally, ... More


Character

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines whether a person's moral character is a determinant of happiness. Some philosophers have argued that friendships are necessary for happiness, and that one who has no friend ... More


God and Morality

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines the idea that we should act morally in accord with God's will, even if doing so is likely to lead to personal unhappiness. Most people, out of either fear or respect, would wish ... More


Heaven and Hell

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines whether belief in heaven and hell determines one's morality. Even those who agree that morality stands independent of theism may harbor the thought that life on earth is ... More


Does God Want You Dead?

Eric Dietrich

in Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171021
eISBN:
9780231539357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores the psychology and evolution of morality. An important job of any religion is binding a group (tribe, community, and so on) together. A religion controls group behavior by thus ... More


Good Without Gods

Eric Dietrich

in Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231171021
eISBN:
9780231539357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter demonstrates two ways of having morality without religion, with the idea being that morality, ethics, and just behaving nicely are completely natural. Morality of a particularly strong ... More


Sexual Politics

Nathan H. Lents

in Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231178327
eISBN:
9780231541756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231178327.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Ethical Issues and Debates

Animals are capable of empathy and compassion, which leads them to engage in moral behaviors and decision-making.


Down with Dualism!: Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness

Frans de Waal

in Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231152839
eISBN:
9780231526838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231152839.003.0008
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter explores the perennial debate about human goodness, addressing questions such as whether human beings are naturally good, where human goodness comes from, whether human goodness is a ... More


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