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What Is This Thing Called Happiness?$
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Fred Feldman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571178.001.0001

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Attitudinal Hedonism about Happiness

Attitudinal Hedonism about Happiness

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(p.137) CHAPTER 7 Attitudinal Hedonism about Happiness
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What Is This Thing Called Happiness?
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Fred Feldman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571178.003.0007

According to Attitudinal Hedonism about Happiness (AHH), to be happy at a time is to have a positive net balance of intrinsic occurrent attitudinal pleasure at that time. Happiness in an interval is the integral of happiness at moments within the interval. Happiness in a domain of life is happiness taken in objects suitably associated with the domain. Happiness in life as a whole is happiness in the interval that is your whole life. Chapter 7 contains discussion of some objections to AHH. One of these objections involves the claim that AHH goes wrong in the case of “objectless moods”. The second is based on the idea that AHH ignores the “cheery feelings” that some think are a crucial element in happiness. Cases that were introduced earlier in connection with competing theories of happiness are revisited. The aim is to clarify AHH as well as to show that it is an attractive theory of happiness.

Keywords:   AHH, attitudinal hedonism about happiness, objectless moods, Haybron, Ira, cheery feelings, attitudinal feelings, shallow happiness, Brett, Susan, Lois, Tammy, Bruce, Aristotle

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