A Brief History of Happiness

A Brief History of Happiness

Author(s): Nicholas White

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405115193

Online ISBN: 9780470690888

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690888

About this Book

In this brief history, philosopher Nicholas White reviews 2,500 years of philosophical thought about happiness.


  • Addresses key questions such as: What is happiness? Should happiness play such a dominant role in our lives? How can we deal with conflicts between the various things that make us happy?
  • Considers the ways in which major thinkers from antiquity to the modern day have treated happiness: from Plato's notion of the harmony of the soul, through to Nietzsche's championing of conflict over harmony.
  • Relates questions about happiness to ethics and to practical philosophy.

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