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Happy-People-Pills For All

Mark Walker

ISBN: 978-1-118-35731-6 March 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 296 Pages


Happy-People-Pills for All explores current theories of happiness while demonstrating the need to develop advanced pharmacological agents for the enhancement of our capacity for happiness and wellbeing.

  • Presents the first detailed exploration of the enhancement of happiness
  • A controversial yet rigorous argument that demonstrates the moral imperative for the development and mass distribution of ‘happy-pills’, to promote the wellbeing of the individual and society
  • Brings together the philosophy, psychology and biology of happiness
  • Maps the development of the next generation of positive mood pharmacology
  • Offers a corrective to contemporary accounts of happiness

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introductory 1

2 What is Living and What is Dead in Brave New World 19

3 What DoWe Mean by ‘Happiness’? 41

4 The Elements of the Good Life: It is a Very Big List 72

5 Wellbeing and Virtue 100

6 Happiness Promotes Perfection 120

7 Happy Pharmacology 155

8 Arguments for Happy-People-Pills 187

9 Ethical Objections 206

10 Happy-People-Pills and Public Policy 233

Index 273

“The philosophical portions of the book are good enough, and I recommend Happy-People-Pills for All if you are interested in a fun “what-if” discussion.”  (PsycCRITIQUES, 10 February 2014)

“Summing Up: Recommended.  With reservations.  General readers.”  (Choice, 1 January 2014)