Happiness down the ages: theory and philosophy

Guha, M. and Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X (2017) Happiness down the ages: theory and philosophy. In: McHugh, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6357-2979, (ed.) The Changing Nature of Happiness : An In-Depth Study of a Town in North West England 1938–2016. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 17-30. ISBN 978-3-319-65651-9

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This chapter describes the intermittent interest in human happiness throughout time: higher during relative peace and prosperity than in periods of war and turmoil, and it explores the elusive nature of happiness, Eudaimonia, Hedonism, and Stoicism from Greek and Roman civilizations into the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the development of English Utilitarianism, to Moore and Russell in the twentieth century, and the emergence of Positive Psychology in 1998. Academic study and public awareness of happiness has since increased, coincidentally with equality and economic progress, but will this continue—was the period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 2008 financial crisis a peak in Western civilization? Will there be a return to the general trend of philosophers and psychologists focusing more on human misery and disorder?

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy of happiness, Hedonia Eudaimonia(Epicurus), Utilitarianism, Positive psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 14:21
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2018 14:21
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-65651-9_2
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1727

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