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The Routledge Handbook Of Philosophy Of Well-Being

Edited by: Guy Fletcher

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415714532
eBook ISBN: 9781315682266
Adobe ISBN: 9781317402657

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The concept of well-being is one of the oldest and most important topics in philosophy and ethics, going back to ancient Greek philosophy. Following the boom in happiness studies in the last few years it has moved to centre stage, grabbing media headlines and the attention of scientists, psychologists and economists. Yet little is actually known about well-being and it is an idea that is often poorly articulated.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being provides a comprehensive, outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject.

Comprising over 40 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into six parts:

  • well-being in the history of philosophy
  • current theories of well-being, including hedonism and perfectionism
  • examples of well-being and its opposites, including friendship and virtue and pain and death
  • theoretical issues, such as well-being and value, harm, identity and well-being and children
  • well-being in moral and political philosophy
  • well-being and related subjects, including law, economics and medicine.

Essential reading for students and researchers in ethics and political philosophy, it is also an invaluable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology, politics and sociology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Plato on well-being Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Aristotle on well-being Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Hedonistic theories of well-being in antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Well-being and Confucianism  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Well-being and Daoism Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Buddhist understandings of well-being Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Well-being in the Christian tradition Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The later British moralists Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Hedonism Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Perfectionism Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Desire-fulfillment theory Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Objective list theories Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Hybrid theories Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Well-being and subject dependence Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Eudaimonism Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The role of pleasure in well-being Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Pain, experience, and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Health, disability, and well-being  Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Friendship and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Virtue and well-being  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Epistemic goods Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Well-being and achievement Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Meaningfulness Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Needs and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Happiness Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Well-being and death Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Monism and pluralism Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Atomism and holism in the theory of personal well-being Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The experience machine and the experience requirement Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Children’s well-being Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Well-being and animals Download PDF
Chapter  33:  The science of well-being  Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The concept of well-being Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Welfarism Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Well-being and the non-identity problem Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Autonomy and well-being  Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Well-being and disadvantage Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Feminism and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Well-being and the law Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Well-being and economics  Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Medicine and well-being Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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