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What Is This Thing Called Happiness?

Fred Feldman


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 of psychological state. Views discussed include sensory hedonism, local preferentism, Kahneman's theory, and Whole Life Satisfactionism. Part II of the book contains the exposition and defense of a novel theory about the nature and value of happiness. It is a form of attitudinal hedonism. The idea that a person's welfare, or well‐being, depends essentially on happiness is explained and (with reser ... More

Keywords: happiness, eudaimonism, welfare, well‐being, hedonism, utility, preference, Kahneman, satisfaction, whole life satisfaction, subjective well‐being, Tatarkiewicz, pleasure, Sen, Sumner, Diener, measurement, Layard, MRI

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Feldman, author
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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