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Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Steven Cahn and Christine Vitrano


How should we evaluate the success of each person's life? Countering the prevalent philosophical perspective on the subject, this book defends the view that our well-being is dependent not on particular activities, accomplishments, or awards but on finding personal satisfaction while treating others with due concern. The book suggests that moral behavior is not necessary for happiness and does not ensure it. Yet it also argues that morality and happiness are needed for living well, and together suffice to achieve that goal. The text links its position to elements within both the Hellenistic an ... More

Keywords: success, well-being, accomplishments, personal satisfaction, moral behavior, happiness, morality, Epicurus, Book of Ecclesiastes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172400
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Cahn, author

Christine Vitrano, author