Happiness and the Structure and Dynamics of Human Life

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Resumé

Extant accounts of happiness and wellbeing have been insufficiently attentive to the fact that human lives have important structural and dynamic features. All the dominant theories, be it hedonism, preference or life satisfaction accounts or even Aristotelian theories of flourishing and the good life, are essentially list theories. They enumerate various features that might contribute to happiness, like pleasant experiences, satisfied preferences, positive judgments, personal character traits or social relations. Yet human lives are arguably more than neutral containers or bearers of things that are good and bad. The ways lives are lived and play out, the different forms they take, and the interrelations between different experiences and goods, might matter even more for happiness than the quality of the experiences, traits or events taken in isolation. I consider the view that the ‘narrative’ relations between events in a person’s life, as well as its form, are important elements in happiness or wellbeing, and argue, more generally, for a holistic approach to both the conceptualization and the assessment of human happiness.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelPerspectives on Happiness : Concepts, Conditions and Consequences
RedaktørerSøren Harnow Klausen, Bryon Martin, Mustafa Cihan Camci, Sarah Bushey
Udgivelses stedLeiden
ForlagBrill
Publikationsdato9. apr. 2019
Sider88-97
ISBN (Trykt)978-90-04-39579-4
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 9. apr. 2019
NavnAt the Interface/Probing the Boundaries
Vol/bind121
ISSN1570-7113

Fingeraftryk

happiness
hedonism
experience
event
holistic approach
Social Relations
social isolation
narrative
human being

Emneord

  • happiness
  • Wellbeing
  • life course

Citer dette

Klausen, S. H. (2019). Happiness and the Structure and Dynamics of Human Life. I S. Harnow Klausen, B. Martin, M. Cihan Camci, & S. Bushey (red.), Perspectives on Happiness : Concepts, Conditions and Consequences (s. 88-97). Leiden: Brill. At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries, Bind. 121 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004395794_012
Klausen, Søren Harnow. / Happiness and the Structure and Dynamics of Human Life. Perspectives on Happiness : Concepts, Conditions and Consequences. red. / Søren Harnow Klausen ; Bryon Martin ; Mustafa Cihan Camci ; Sarah Bushey. Leiden : Brill, 2019. s. 88-97 (At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries, Bind 121).
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