• The Psychology of Happiness: A Good Human Life

    Author(s): Samuel S. Franklin
    Date:   2009-09-14
    Pages: 192 p
    Size:  1.79 Mb
    Format:  PDF
    Language: English




    "...In The Psychology of Happiness Samuel S. Franklin leaves economics behind, bringing together theory and research from psychology, philosophy, and physiology in support of Aristotle's classic views on the subject of happiness... With its emphasis on the balance between the spheres of social life and the different components of the actualization process, Franklin's text gestures toward a fuller, more sociological conception of healthy and positive personal lives..." --Robert A. Stebbins, University of Calgary, Contexts Magazine

    Product Description:
    When Thomas Jefferson placed "the pursuit of happiness" along with life and liberty in The Declaration of Independence he was most likely referring to Aristotle's concept of happiness, or eudaimonia. Eudaimonia is not about good feelings but rather the fulfillment of human potentials. Fulfillment is made possible by virtue; the moderation of desire and emotion by reason. The Psychology of Happiness is the first book to bring together psychological, philosophical, and physiological theory and research in support of Aristotle's view. It examines the similarity between Aristotle's concept of virtue and modern cognitive theories of emotion. It discusses the discovery of human potentials, the development of virtue and its neurological basis, the mistaken idea that fulfillment is selfish, and several other issues related to the pursuit of a good human life.

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