Description - Philosophies of Happiness: A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life by Diana Lobel
What does it mean to be truly happy? In Philosophies of Happiness, Diana Lobel provides a rich spectrum of arguments for a theory of happiness as flourishing or well-being, offering a global, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspective on how to create a vital, fulfilling, and significant life. Drawing upon perspectives from a broad range of philosophical traditions?Eastern and Western, ancient and contemporary?the book suggests that just as physical health is the well-being of the body, happiness is the healthy and flourishing condition of the whole human being, and we experience the most complete happiness when we realize our potential through creative engagement.
Lobel shows that while thick descriptions of happiness differ widely in texture and detail, certain themes resonate across texts from different traditions and historical contexts, suggesting core features of a happy life: attentive awareness; effortless action; relationship and connection to a larger, interconnected community; love or devotion; and creative engagement. Each feature adds meaning, significance, and value, so that we can craft lives of worth and purpose. These themes emerge from careful study of philosophical and religious texts and traditions: the Greek philosophers Aristotle and Epicurus; the Chinese traditions of Confucius, Laozi, and Zhuangzi; the Hindu Bhagavad G??t??; the Japanese Buddhist tradition of Soto Zen master D??gen and his modern expositor Shunryu Suzuki; the Western religious traditions of Augustine and Maimonides; the Persian Sufi tale Conference of the Birds; and contemporary research on mindfulness and creativity. Written in a clear, accessible style, Philosophies of Happiness invites readers of all backgrounds to explore and engage with religious and philosophical conceptions of what makes life meaningful.
Visit for additional appendixes and supplemental notes.
Buy Philosophies of Happiness: A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life by Diana Lobel from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication:
Other Editions - Philosophies of Happiness: A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life by Diana Lobel
Book Reviews - Philosophies of Happiness: A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life by Diana Lobel
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Philosophies of Happiness: A Comparative Introduction to the Flourishing Life book by Diana Lobel and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)
A Preview for this title is currently not available.