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  1. added 2019-01-15
    The Advice Models of Happiness: A Response to Feldman.Jussi Suikkanen - forthcoming - International Journal of Wellbeing.
    In his critical notice entitled ‘An Improved Whole Life Satisfaction Theory of Happiness?’ focusing on my article that was previously published in this journal, Fred Feldman raises an important objection to a suggestion I made about how to best formulate the whole life satisfaction theories of happiness. According to my proposal, happiness is a matter of whether an idealised version of you would judge that your actual life corresponds to the life-plan, which he or she has constructed for you on (...)
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    The Philosophes’ Criticism of Religion and D’Holbach’s Non-Hedonistic Materialism.Hasse Hämäläinen - 2017 - Diametros 54:56-75.
    Baron d’Holbach was a critic of established religion, or a philosophe, in late 18 th -century France. His work is often perceived as less inventive than the work of other materialist philosophes, such as Helvétius and Diderot. However, I claim that d’Holbach makes an original, unjustly overlooked move in the criticism of religious moral teaching. According to the materialist philosophes, this teaching claims that true happiness is only possible in the afterlife. As an alternative, Helvétius and Diderot offer theories according (...)
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  3. added 2018-09-21
    Colloquium 7: Wishing for Fortune, Choosing Activity: Aristotle on External Goods and Happiness1.Eric Brown - 2006 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 22 (1):221-256.
    Aristotle’s account of external goods in Nicomachean Ethics I 8-12 is often thought to amend his narrow claim that happiness is virtuous activity. I argue, to the contrary, that on Aristotle’s account, external goods are necessary for happiness only because they are necessary for virtuous activity. My case innovates in three main respects: I offer a new map of EN I 8-12; I identify two mechanisms to explain why virtuous activity requires external goods, including a psychological need for external goods; (...)
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  4. added 2018-08-14
    Kant, Ought Implies Can, the Principle of Alternate Possibilities, and Happiness.Samuel Kahn - 2018 - Lexington Books.
    This book examines three issues: the principle of ought implies can ; the principle of alternate possibilities ; and Kant’s views on the duty to promote one’s own happiness. It argues that although Kant was wrong to deny such a duty, the part of his denial that rests on a conception of duty incorporating both OIC and PAP is sound.
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  5. added 2018-07-10
    The VIA Inventory of Strengths, Positive Youth Development, and Moral Education.Hyemin Han - forthcoming - Journal of Positive Psychology.
    The VIA Inventory of Strengths and the VIA model were originally developed to assess and study 24 character strengths. In this paper, I discuss how the VIA Inventory and its character strength model can be applied to the field of moral education with moral philosophical considerations. First, I review previous factor analysis studies that have consistently reported factors containing candidates for moral virtues, and discuss the systematic structure and organization of VIA character strengths. Second, I discuss several issues related to (...)
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  6. added 2018-05-16
    Happiness, Pleasures, and Emotions.Mauro Rossi - 2018 - Philosophical Psychology 31 (6):898-919.
    In The Pursuit of Unhappiness, Daniel Haybron has defended an emotional state theory of happiness, according to which happiness consists in a broadly positive balance of emotions, moods, and mood propensities. In this paper, I argue that Haybron’s theory should be modified in two ways. First, contra Haybron, I argue that sensory pleasures should be regarded as constituents of happiness, alongside emotions and moods. I do this by showing that sensory pleasures are sufficiently similar to emotions for them to be (...)
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  7. added 2018-05-14
    Depression and the Emotions: An Argument for Cultivating Cheerfulness.Derek McAllister - 2018 - Philosophia 46 (3):771-784.
    In this paper, I offer an argument for cultivating cheerfulness as a remedy to sadness and other emotions, which, in turn, can provide some relief to certain cases of depression. My thesis has two tasks: first, to establish the link between cheerfulness and sadness, and second, to establish the link between sadness and depression. In the course of accomplishing the first task, I show that a remedy of cultivating cheerfulness to counter sadness is supported by philosophers as diverse as Thomas (...)
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  8. added 2018-03-05
    Review of Ancient Concepts of Philosophy, by William Jordan. [REVIEW]George Rudebusch - 1993 - Ancient Philosophy 13 (2):467.
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  9. added 2018-02-17
    Religion and the Promise of Happiness.Mark Larrimore - 2010 - Social Research 77 (2):569-594.
    The concepts of "religion" and "happiness" are deceptively simple—domesticated products of the modern liberal order—but probing their connections can be illuminating. Seeing religions as means to a generic kind of happiness blinds us to the promise and danger of religious difference. Seeing religion as compensation for the absence or unjust distribution of happiness reinforces unexamined worldly conceptions of happiness. To learn to think about religion and happiness beyond modern consumerist pieties, examination of prosperity religion, the metaphysics of William James's "religion (...)
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    Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art.Alexander Nehamas - 2007 - Princeton University Press.
    Neither art nor philosophy was kind to beauty during the twentieth century. Much modern art disdains beauty, and many philosophers deeply suspect that beauty merely paints over or distracts us from horrors. Intellectuals consigned the passions of beauty to the margins, replacing them with the anemic and rarefied alternative, "aesthetic pleasure." In Only a Promise of Happiness, Alexander Nehamas reclaims beauty from its critics. He seeks to restore its place in art, to reestablish the connections among art, beauty, and desire, (...)
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  11. added 2018-02-17
    Aristotle, Kant, and the Stoics: Rethinking Happiness and Duty.Stephen Engstrom & Jennifer Whiting (eds.) - 1998 - Cambridge University Press.
    This major collection of essays offers the first serious challenge to the traditional view that ancient and modern ethics are fundamentally opposed. In doing so, it has important implications for contemporary ethical thought, as well as providing a significant re-assessment of the work of Aristotle, Kant and the Stoics. The contributors include internationally recognised interpreters of ancient and modern ethics. Four pairs of essays compare and contrast Aristotle and Kant on deliberation and moral development, eudaimonism, self-love and self-worth, and practical (...)
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  12. added 2017-11-27
    Harmonia Społeczna.W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz - 2017 - Warsaw: PIW.
    Harmonia Spoleczna -- Social Harmony. In this book, I set out to prove that once we correctly identify human nature and organize our world according to the principle of cooperation, we can arrive at a world of social harmony. The current disharmony in the world, which can be observed especially in the field of politics and economics, is largely related to the erroneous modern Western philosophical assertions identifying the human being with an individual moved by desires and the will to (...)
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    The Neuroscience of Happiness and Pleasure.Morten Kringelbach & Kent Berridge - 2010 - Social Research 77 (2):659-678.
    The pursuit of happiness is a preoccupation for many people — and probably has been ever since the emergence of Homo sapiens sapiens. The scientific understanding of the brain basis of happiness and its pursuit is, however, still in its infancy. Here we focus on recent scientific research on the closely related concepts of pleasure and desire, and discuss their underlying neural mechanisms and their roles in happiness. We also speculate on potential contributions of the brain's default networks to orchestrating (...)
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  14. added 2017-11-08
    Local Desire Satisfaction and Long Term Wellbeing: Revisiting the Gout Sufferer of Kant’s Groundwork.Alice Pinheiro Walla - 2015 - Belgrade Philosophical Annual.
    In this paper, I analyze the least discussed of Kant’s four examples of duty in the first section of his Groundwork to the Metaphysics of Morals: the gout sufferer who is no longer motivated by natural interest in his long-term wellbeing, and is thus in a unique position to secure his own happiness from duty. This example has long been wrongly interpreted as a failure of prudential rationality, as recently illustrated by Allen Wood’s reading of that example. -/- I argue (...)
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  15. added 2017-11-06
    Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being.Alex Michalos & Dan Weijers - 2017 - In Richard Estes & Joseph Sirgy (eds.), The Pursuit of Well-Being: The Untold Global History. Springer. pp. 31-57.
    This chapter provides a brief historical overview of western philosophical views about human well-being from the eighth century BCE to the middle of the twentieth century. Different understandings of the concept of well-being are explained, including our preferred understanding of well-being as the subjective states and objective conditions that make our lives go well for us. While this review is necessarily incomplete, we aim to discuss some of the most salient and influential contributions to our subject. To that end, we (...)
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    Ataraxia.Gisela Striker - 1990 - The Monist 73 (1):97-110.
  17. added 2017-06-29
    Midlife: A Philosophical Guide.Kieran Setiya - 2017 - Princeton University Press.
  18. added 2017-05-10
    La felicidad hoy: la definición del concepto de felicidad y los métodos para su estudio en la filosofía contemporánea.Javier Cárdenas - 2016 - Dissertation, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
    Este trabajo busca reflexionar en torno al siguiente problema: ¿cuál es la mejor forma de concebir la felicidad en la filosofía contemporánea? Para ello, dividiremos esta interrogante en dos. En primer lugar, indagaremos si acaso la felicidad es algo similar a lo que los griegos entendían por “eudaimonia”, i.e., una vida buena o digna de ser vivida; o si, en cambio, la felicidad es mejor entendida como un estado de la mente, postura que comienza a recibir mayor aceptación desde los (...)
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    Self-Deception as Affective Coping. An Empirical Perspective on Philosophical Issues.Federico Lauria, Delphine Preissmann & Fabrice Clément - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 41:119-134.
    In the philosophical literature, self-deception is mainly approached through the analysis of paradoxes. Yet, it is agreed that self-deception is motivated by protection from distress. In this paper, we argue, with the help of findings from cognitive neuroscience and psychology, that self-deception is a type of affective coping. First, we criticize the main solutions to the paradoxes of self-deception. We then present a new approach to self-deception. Self-deception, we argue, involves three appraisals of the distressing evidence: (a) appraisal of the (...)
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  20. added 2017-04-17
    Only a Promise of Happiness: The Place of Beauty in a World of Art. [REVIEW]Christy Uidhir - 2009 - Philosophical Review 118 (4):540-542.
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  21. added 2017-02-27
    Wollen Setzt Können Voraus.Jürgen Körner - 2014 - Internationales Jahrbuch für Philosophische Anthropologie 4 (1).
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  22. added 2017-02-14
    Flourishing & Happiness in a Free Society: Toward a Synthesis of Aristotelianism, Austrian Economics, and Ayn Rand's Objectivism.Edward W. Younkins - 2011 - Upa.
    This book emphasizes the compatibility of Aristotelianism, Austrian economics, and Ayn Rand's Objectivism, arguing that particular ideas from these areas can be integrated as a potential paradigm of human flourishing and happiness in a free society. It constructs an understanding from various disciplines into a clear, consistent, and systematic whole.
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  23. added 2017-02-13
    Happiness, Virtue, and Morality; Review Essay.Irwin Th - 1994 - In Peter Singer (ed.), Ethics. Oxford University Press. pp. 105--1.
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    Ethology and Physiology: A Happy Marriage.Gerard P. Baerends - 1987 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10 (3):369.
  25. added 2017-02-13
    Enjoyment, Contemplation, and Hierarchy Est Hamlet.Lionel Adey - 1976 - In Shirley Sugerman (ed.), Evolution of Consciousness: Studies in Polarity. Barfield Press. pp. 149.
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  26. added 2017-02-10
    Happiness and Authenticity.Xunwu Chen - 2013 - Journal of Philosophical Research 38:261-274.
    Engaging in present debates on happiness, this essay shows that a good, happy life and an authentic life entail one another. Doing so, the essay first explores the Confucian approach to the relationships between happiness and authenticity, and between authenticity and value. It then presents the Heideggeran approach. Therefore, it demonstrates how authenticity, happiness, and value are inseparable in a person’s being; the so called fact-value dichotomy, even if it is applicable to non-human beings, has no magic touch in human (...)
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    The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.Shane J. Lopez (ed.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
  28. added 2017-02-10
    The Idea of Happiness. By V. J. McGill. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1967.John F. Kavanaugh - 1969 - Modern Schoolman 46 (4):373-374.
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  29. added 2017-02-09
    Aquinas as an Interpreter of Aristotle on the End of Human Life.Beatriz Bossi De Kirchner - 1986 - Review of Metaphysics 40 (1):41 - 54.
  30. added 2017-02-07
    Mill's “Proof” of the Principle of Utility: A More Than Half-Hearted Defense.Geoffrey Sayre-McCord - 2001 - Social Philosophy and Policy 18 (2):330.
    How many serious mistakes can a brilliant philosopher make in a single paragraph? Many think that Mill answers this question by example—in the third paragraph of Chapter IV of Utilitarianism. Here is the notorious paragraph: The only proof capable of being given that an object is visible, is that people actually see it. The only proof that a sound is audible, is that people hear it: and so of the other sources of our experience. In like manner, I apprehend, the (...)
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  31. added 2017-01-31
    The Quest for the Good Life: Ancient Philosophers on Happiness.Rabbås Øyvind, Emilsson Eyjolfur Kjálar, Fossheim Hallvard & Fossheim Miira (eds.) - 2015 - OUP.
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  32. added 2017-01-31
    APPENDIX 2. A Theory of “Happiness”?Peter Bornedal - 2010 - In The Surface and the Abyss: Nietzsche as Philosopher of Mind and Knowledge. De Gruyter.
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    Discovering Human Happiness: Choice Theory Psychology, Aristotelian Contemplation, and Traherne’s Felicity.James Skeen - 2003 - Quodlibet 5.
    Humans are created in the image of God. This paper uses the work of three individuals to piece together a portrait of humankind that is informative and practical. These individuals are William Glasser, Aristotle, and Thomas Traherne. The concepts that are put together are Choice Theory, contemplation, and felicity. Choice Theory psychology posits that humans are internally motivated by five genetic impulses or needs. Happiness depends on meeting these needs in a responsible and balanced manner. The five basic needs are (...)
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  34. added 2017-01-29
    Telfer, Elizabeth, "Happiness". [REVIEW]Michael B. Green - 1982 - Ethics 93:395.
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    The Naturalism of Frederick J. E. Woodbridge: Man and Nature in the Pursuit of Happiness.Stephen Thomas Ernest - 1973 - Dissertation, Fordham University
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    The Pursuit of Happiness.Howard Mumford Jones - 1953 - Science and Society 17 (4):356-358.
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    The Conquest of Happiness. By E. S. Ames. [REVIEW]B. Russell - 1930 - Ethics 41:380.
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    Self-Expression and Happiness.C. V. Boyer - 1922 - Ethics 33:263.
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  39. added 2017-01-28
    Happiness, Consciousness, and the Ontology of Mind.Edoardo Zamuner - 2013 - Philosophical Topics 41 (1):237-254.
    This paper develops an account of the ontology of occurrent happiness. The main claim is that occurrent happiness is a state that obtains in virtue of the occurrence of conscious episodes that are intentionally directed at the object of happiness. This account draws on Wittgenstein’s remarks about emotions and builds on recent developments in the ontology of mind.
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    Russell And The Happy Life.Marvin Kohl - 1995 - Free Inquiry 15.
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    Meaningfulness: A Third Dimension of the Good Life.Susan Wolf - 2016 - Foundations of Science 21 (2):253-269.
    This paper argues that an adequate conception of a good life should recognize, in addition to happiness and morality, a third dimension of meaningfulness. It further proposes that we understand meaningfulness as involving both a subjective and an objective condition, suitably linked. Meaning arises when subjective attraction meets objective attractiveness. In other words one’s life is meaningful insofar as one is gripped or excited by things worthy of one’s love, and one is able to do something positive about it. The (...)
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    On Anderson Woods’s “The Greatest Happiness Regardless of Number”.Michael Pressman - 2015 - Ethics 125 (2):546-548,.
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    Daniel C. Russell, Happiness for Humans. [REVIEW]Paul Bloomfield - 2014 - Social Theory and Practice 40 (2):345-352.
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    Happiness and the Individual‘s Health: From the Biocosmological Triune Standpoint.Konstantin Khroutski - 2011 - Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 21 (5):153-156.
    The author applies the Biocosmological approach to the study of the concept of happiness and its interrelation with the notion of the individual‘s health. In the result, he arrives at the conceptions of the two poles of happiness – of ―Adaptational Survival‖ and ―Functionalist Contribution‖; and, further, substantiates the anthropological triune nature of the individual. In this light, the comparative analysis between the notions of Homo sapiens socialis and Homo sapiens cosmicus is conducted. Finally, author gives the Biocosmological definition to (...)
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    What is Happiness?: Review of Stumbling on Happiness. [REVIEW]Brandon Young - 2007 - The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly 136.
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    The Ambiguity of Kant’s Concept of Happiness.Thomas Marshall - 2003 - Reason Papers 26:21-28.
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    Money Can Buy Happiness.Tara Smith - 2003 - Reason Papers 26:7-20.
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    The Quest for Happiness: Traces of Ancient Life Wisdom Within the Moral Philosophical Context of the Vienna Circle.Manfred Geier - 1994 - Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 2:13-21.
    There is presently a real boom in ethics. Never, it seems, has there been more published on fundamental moral claims to validity and on the ethical foundations of philosophical statements than today. One can note a sort of moral low, a tendential decline in human values accompanied by a real boom in publications with a bewildering array of moral philosophical arguments and theories. Ethics has paradoxically succumbed to ever greater confusion, ever since it has become subjected to the more rigorous (...)
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    On Nietzsche's «We Good, Beautiful, Happy Ones!».M. Henry & M. Dobie - 1991 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 15 (2):131-141.
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    Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. [REVIEW]M. A. - 1969 - Review of Metaphysics 22 (3):569-570.
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