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What Is This Thing Called Happiness?


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1: Some Puzzles about Happiness Part One - Some Things that Happiness Isn't 2: Sensory Hedonism about Happiness 3: Kahneman's "Objective Happiness" 4: Subjective Local Preferentism about Happiness 5: Whole Life Satisfaction Concepts of Happiness Appendix A. Happiness and Time: More Nails in the Coffin of WLS Appendix B. Happiness =df. Whatever the Happiness Test Measures Part Two - What Happiness Is 6: What is This Thing Called Happiness? Appendix C. The Meaning(s) of 'Happy' 7: Attitudinal Hedonism about Happiness 8: Eudaimonism Appendix D - Five Grades of Demonic Possession 9: The Problem of Inauthentic Happiness 10: Disgusting Happiness 11: Our Authority Over Our Own Happiness Part Three - Implications for the Empirical Study of Happiness 12: Measuring Happiness 13: Empirical Research; Philosophical Conclusions 14: The Central Points of the Project as a Whole

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Fred Feldman has been a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1969.


`Review from previous edition Feldman is a charming writer, with a knack for compelling and often amusing thought experiments. ' The Guardian `a terrific piece of work, a real tour de force. The writing is exceptionally clear, the discussion exceptionally straightforward and sensible, the criticism of other philosophers' accounts of the nature and value of happiness exceptionally careful and insightful, and the presentation of Feldman's own account exceptionally interesting ... of interest to philosophers at all levels of sophistication' ' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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