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Happiness and the Good Life$
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Mike W. Martin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845217.001.0001

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Suffering In Happy Lives

Suffering In Happy Lives

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Happiness and the Good Life

Mike W. Martin

Oxford University Press

Is happiness compatible with suffering? The answer is complicated. Nothing can protect us from tragedies that destroy what we cherish most, and thereby undermine happiness. Yet much suffering can be integrated into happy lives, depending significantly on our attitudes. As is often said, suffering can deepen joy and meaning. Not surprising, philosophical perspectives on the value of suffering in good lives both reflect and shape conceptions of happiness. Examples include John Dewey, Jeremy Bentham, and Arthur Schopenhauer.

Keywords:   happiness, suffering, mental health, neurosis, John Dewey, Jeremy Bentham, Arthur Schopenhauer

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