1 Introducing the Concept 1
2 Conflicts, Perspectives, and the Identification of Happiness 6
3 Pleasure, Hedonism, and the Measurement of Happiness 41
4 Happiness as Structure and Harmony 75
5 Morality, Happiness, and Conflict 116
6 Happiness, Fact, and Value 142
7 Doing without the Concept 162
Glossary and List of Historical Figures 175
"A valuable aid to the flourishing literature on happiness and its history."
"Nicholas White offers a brisk, informative, and readable account of various attempts, throughout the Western philosophical tradition, to articulate the meaning of that elusive term 'happiness.'" Review of Metaphysics
- A brief history of happiness, reviewing 2,500 years of philosophical thought about the concept.
- Addresses key questions such as what happiness is and whether or not happiness should play such a dominant role in our lives.
- Considers the ways in which major thinkers from Plato and Aristotle through to Nietzsche and Freud have treated happiness.
- Relates questions about happiness to ethics and to practical philosophy.