The Value of Happiness
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 3 March 2013, Question 1
I answered a question on the value of happiness on Philosophy in Action Radio on 3 March 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is happiness overrated? Recently, I had a conversation in which the other person told me that "happiness is overrated." Basically, the person claimed that people should spend less time thinking about their own personal happiness. Instead, people should focus on acting rightly, and then take whatever pleasure they can in that. Is that view right or wrong?
My Answer, In Brief: A person's happiness should be of supreme value, and such happiness can only be achieved within the framework of rational moral principles.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback, as well as for Kindle and Nook. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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