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What Is This Thing Called Happiness?

Fred Feldman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571178
eISBN:
9780191722547
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571178.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book is a philosophical study of the nature and value of happiness. Part I is devoted to critical discussion of the most important theories about the nature of happiness, understood as some sort ... More


The Central Points of the Project as a Whole

Fred Feldman

in What Is This Thing Called Happiness?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571178
eISBN:
9780191722547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571178.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Chapter 14 summarizes the main points of the book. The reader is reminded that Part I focused on the descriptive concept of happiness. This is not itself an evaluative concept; it is probably a ... More


Well-Being and Death

Ben Bradley

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199557967
eISBN:
9780191721205
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557967.001.1
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book addresses philosophical questions about death and well‐being. It defends two main theses. The first is hedonism, or the view that pleasure is what has intrinsic value for us. The second is ... More


Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics

L. W. Sumner

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238782
eISBN:
9780191679773
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238782.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they do not agree about what it is, or how much it matters. This book presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and ... More


T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy

Maria Dimova-Cookson and William J. Mander (eds)

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199271665
eISBN:
9780191709364
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271665.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Recent years have seen a growth of interest in T. H. Green as philosophers have begun to overturn received opinions of his philosophy and discover again for themselves his original and important ... More


Socrates, Pleasure, and Value

George Rudebusch

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195159615
eISBN:
9780199869367
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195159616.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This book argues that the Socrates of the Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Gorgias, and Republic 1 can consistently and compellingly speak of pleasure and virtue as the good for human beings by ... More


The Argument

J. C. B. Gosling

in Pleasure and Desire: The Case of Hedonism Reviewed

Published in print:
1969
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198243397
eISBN:
9780191680670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243397.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses the different arguments regarding hedonism that are presented in the book. Most of the chapter is focused on providing a summary of the next eleven chapters, although a ... More


Pleasure Explanations

J. C. B. Gosling

in Pleasure and Desire: The Case of Hedonism Reviewed

Published in print:
1969
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198243397
eISBN:
9780191680670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243397.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses and establishes a connection between pleasure and human wanting, which is a more direct connection between ‘pleasure’ and one force of the word ‘want’. This relationship only ... More


Satan

Adele Reinhartz

in Jesus of Hollywood

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195146967
eISBN:
9780199785469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Satan is a minor character in the Gospels, appearing only in the temptation stories, but lurking in the backward elsewhere in the narrative. The most important question about Satan in these films is ... More


Well‐Being

Roger Crisp

in Reasons and the Good

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199290338
eISBN:
9780191710476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290338.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter approaches the question of the best account of well-being, making a case for a historically significant but, in philosophy at least, currently unpopular view: hedonism. It argues for a ... More


PSYCHOLOGICAL HEDONISM AND THE GOOD

David O. Brink

in Perfectionism and the Common Good: Themes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199266401
eISBN:
9780191600906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266409.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter focuses on Good's views about the content of good will. Green rejects the hedonism that he finds in the utilitarian tradition and that he associates with a naturalistic approach to ... More


Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism

Fred Feldman

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199265169
eISBN:
9780191601385
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019926516X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Hedonism is the view that the Good Life is the pleasant life. The central aim of this book is to show that, when carefully and charitably interpreted, certain forms of hedonism yield plausible ... More


The Sources of Practical Reasons

Robert Audi

in The Architecture of Reason: The Structure and Substance of Rationality

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195158427
eISBN:
9780199871407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158427.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter considers whether practical reason is substantive or only instrumental. It examines egoism, in a normative form, as well as hedonism, for which pleasure and pain are the fundamental ... More


Personhood in the Later Dialogues

Lloyd P. Gerson

in Knowing Persons: A Study in Plato

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199288670
eISBN:
9780191717789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288670.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter shows that in Timaeus, Philebus, and Laws, all the essentials of the account hitherto developed are maintained. The first dialogue offers a cosmology in which persons are clearly ... More


Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis

Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199286287
eISBN:
9780191603006
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286280.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This is the first comprehensive book on the return of happiness in economics. It still sounds comparatively unusual to put happiness and economics together. At the same time, the association appears ... More


How Bad is Coming into Existence?

David Benatar

in Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199296422
eISBN:
9780191712005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses the magnitude of the harm of coming into existence, arguing that it is a very great harm. Drawing on the relevant psychological literature, it is shown that there are a number ... More


The Ethics of Philodemus

Voula Tsouna

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199292172
eISBN:
9780191711770
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292172.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This book presents a study of the ethics of the Epicurean philosopher Philodemus, who taught Virgil, influenced Horace, and was praised by Cicero. His works have only recently become available to ... More


First Things

Voula Tsouna

in The Ethics of Philodemus

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199292172
eISBN:
9780191711770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199292172.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter outlines the fundamental principles of Philodemus' ethics in connection with the canonical views of the Epicurean school, and points to his own original contributions. It examines the ... More


Introduction

Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta

in Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199286287
eISBN:
9780191603006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286280.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This chapter reviews happiness literature with some considerable attempts to trace its sources in retrospect. It contributes to the possible solutions to the paradoxes of happiness. Reciprocity and ... More


Building a Better Theory of Well-Being

Richard A. Easterlin

in Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199286287
eISBN:
9780191603006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199286280.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

Finding a better theory of well-being compared to prevailing theories on psychology and economics is one the main challenges for studies on happiness and economics. This chapter demonstrates that ... More


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