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Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science Paperback – July 11 2011

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press (July 11 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0300178107
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0300178104
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 242 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.12 x 1.5 x 21.54 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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"A profound, erudite, and lucid exploration integrating a vast array of sources - personal, philosophical, historical, scientific and spiritual - that cohere to illuminate this elusive subject."--Barbara Goldsmith

--Barbara Goldsmith

"What causes true happiness? From ancient philosophers to contemporary neuroscientists -- as well as any of us searching for how to lead a good life -- people have grappled with that most profound of all simple questions. Sissela Bok weaves together the different conceptions of happiness to create a shimmering and subtle tapestry. This book will take you a step closer to happiness by helping you understand the idea better."--Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute

--Walter Isaacson

"Sissela Bok makes sense of happiness for adults: what sort of happiness we can seek, and what lies beyond our grasp. The book illuminates ''the pursuit of happiness'' in modern economics, psychiatry, and philosophy, but she addresses, in the end, any intelligent reader. Sissela Bok writes so clearly and directly that the reader is often caught up short, suddenly realizing that her arguments are always provocations to think more deeply. This is a wise book."--Richard Sennett

--Richard Sennett

About the Author

Sissela Bok is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and a moral philosopher of international renown. A former member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Bok is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and sits on the editorial boards of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Common Knowledge, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Her many books include the seminal Lying, Secrets, A Strategy for Peace, Mayhem, and Common Values. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The most important word in the title turns out to be "exploring"
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