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The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being

Michael Bishop


Philosophers defend theories of what well-being is but ignore what psychologists have learned about it. And psychologists learn about well-being but lack a theory of what it is. In The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being, Michael A. Bishop marries these complementary investigations, and the result is a powerful, new framework for understanding well-being and the good life. The network theory holds that to have well-being is to be “stuck” in a self-perpetuating cycle of positive emotions, attitudes, traits, and success. These states build upon and foster each other, ... More

Keywords: Positive Psychology, philosophy, well-being, network theory, inclusive approach, positive causal networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199923113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Bishop, author
Florida State University