The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being

The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well-Being

Daniel M. Haybron


The pursuit of happiness is a defining subject of the fashionable period. yet what if humans aren't excellent at it? that's the query posed through this publication, the 1st finished philosophical therapy of happiness, understood the following as a mental phenomenon. enticing seriously with the medical literature, Dan Haybron argues that folks most likely understand much less approximately their very own welfare, and will be much less powerful at securing it, than universal trust has it. this is often mostly simply because human nature is unusually ill-suited to the pursuit of happiness. For the happiness that counts for overall healthiness isn't really an issue of what we predict approximately our lives, yet of the standard of our emotional stipulations. but our emotional lives are remarkably tricky to know. additionally, we make a number of systematic error within the pursuit of happiness. those concerns recommend that we must always reconsider conventional assumptions in regards to the stable existence and the nice society. for example, the pursuit of happiness should be basically a question of social context instead of own selection.

This e-book deals an in depth consultant to philosophical pondering happiness and healthiness, correcting severe misconceptions that experience beset the literature. it will likely be a definitive source for philosophers, social scientists, policymakers, and different scholars of well-being.

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