Tag Archives: Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science – Sissela Bok

“Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science” by Sissela Bok: some of the refences, quoted in the book, that you may like to explore in more details.

Review of happiness sources which make for an interesting reading list:
Robert Mauzi: study of happiness in the eighteen century
VJ McGill: book “The idea of Happiness”
Peter Quennell: book “The pursuit of Happiness”
William James: book The Varieties of Religious Experience

Pietro Verri: Meditazione sulla felicita’

Ruut Veenhoven: The Conditions of Happiness

Petrarch: De Vita solitaria, choice of where, how, and with whom to engage in cultivating happiness

Bertrand Russell: the conquest of happiness

And also some quotes topics of interest:

Daniel Kahneman: four temporal dimensions for experience of pleasure/pain. Instant utility; remembered utility; satisfaction with domains of life like family and work; happiness and well-being, including all aspects but not necessarily over a lifetime.

Aristotle: The educated person seeks exactness in each area to the extent that the nature of the subject allows. [And, we would add, to the extent of current measurement tools allow us to do, while working on improving them if necessary].

Philip Brickman and Donald Campbell: hedonic treadmill

Felicia Huppert: challenged the claim that the set point is determined by our genes and cannot be changed

Matt Ridley: “Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and what makes us human” genes must be seen as the agents of nurture as well as nature. There is no reason to fear the results emanating from genetic research as somehow threatening to human independence.