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Would any of Augustine's contemporaries disagree that "all men desire happiness"?

Augustine of Hippo said: It is the decided opinion of all who use their brains, that all men desire to be happy. But who are happy, or how they become so, these are questions about which the weakness ...
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What reasons, besides non-mental conditions of our lives and impoverishment, do philosophers give for the idea that well being isn't just mental?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy in the article for happiness says: In the face of these and other objections most commentators have concluded that neither happiness nor any other mental state ...
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Are happiness and desire for more (or something) mutually exclusive? [closed]

I have heard a popular notion of happiness that — when you're happy you're satisfied/fulfilled with what you have. Are 'happiness' and 'desire for more' mutually exclusive?
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What was Wittgenstein's view on happiness?

I was wondering whether Wittgenstein is a proponent of happiness being central to a life well lived. Generally, from Ronald Suter's article and what I've read about him, Id wager the answer is yes. ...
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Did Heidegger claim that his "inauthenticity" was to some extent unavoidable for the individual?

Did Heidegger claim that his "inauthenticity" was to some extent unavoidable for the individual? I think I know that Sartre's bad faith was a necessary feature of overcoming it. Is the ...
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Does anyone talk about loneliness not as a failure of love

Does anyone (ideally philosophy, not self help) talk about loneliness not as a failure of love for or by others, even yourself, nor as a virtue - but as something which can be won nevertheless - but ...
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Does eudemonia depend on tense?

Not asking about any particular concept of well being or happiness. The question may seem odd: if I am happy today now then I will have been happy for the day. But I suspect it at least may be more ...
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Do all systems of ethics boil down to maximizing pleasure and/or minimizing suffering?

I'm struggling to think of one that doesn't. Utilitarianism obviously does, but even others seem to. Take Kant's categorical imperative for example. What is the point in performing one's perfect ...
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What are considered landmark ideas on happiness among modern philosophers?

Yes, there was Aristotle's understanding of it as an objective, and Epicurus providing a recipe. David Hume concurred, "The great end of all human industry is the attainment of happiness. For ...
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Are pursuing the well-being and reducing the suffering of sentient beings objectively good things?

I think most people intuitively agree that increasing their own well-being and minimizing their own suffering are the right things to do. Everyone wants to be happy, enjoy a good health, etc. The ...
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How does Aristotle motivate that there is no universal good?

I'm reading the Nicomachean Ethics written by Aristotle and there's this one statement (and it's motivations) that I'm really struggling with. In my version of the book it is written in rather ...
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Does Buddhist anatta present additional problems with the "no harm" thesis about death?

Does Buddhist anatta present additional problems with the "no harm" thesis about death? I think Buddhists would agree that death can be good (an escape from some hellish existence) or bad (...
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What motivation does an omnipotent god have to do anything? [closed]

For example, every human action is motivated by happiness. So what reason does god have, to do or create things? happiness can't be the only reason, because he can make himself infinitely happy ...
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Does the story of Madhavrao Peshva contradict the Gita

I would like to hear ideas on whether the story of Madhavrao Peshva (a brahmin-born who performed the duty of a warrior) contradicts the Gita's teaching that one should perform their own duty (and ...
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Which modern philosophers put distrust of happiness and pleasures among their central theses? [closed]

I could think of: Stoicism, say in Seneca who sees pleasures as "low, slavish, perishable", contrasting pleasures with virtue, which he sees as the highest good. Seneca argues that one who ...
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Did Aristotle think that children could be happy?

Given that children can't exhibit the classical virtues in the same way that adults can, did Aristotle think that children could be happy? If so, in what sense?
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Is civilization really a good thing? [closed]

According to Bertrand Russell Change is one thing, progress is another. Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy. Sigmund Freud ...
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Is brain reward hacking immoral?

Consider the following scenarios, each of which at their core refer to a form of 'reward hacking'. Based on personal observation, each scenario below generally elicits an immediate, visceral feeling ...
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Should Bergson be described as an individualist?

It's claimed that Bergson's "intuition of pure duration" is the "highest and most valuable form of human experience": is this an individualist or collectivist good? I'm asking because I'm interested ...
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Can I define morality as "maximizing pleasure/happiness"? Why yes or why not?

I heard in this video https://youtu.be/ebuve4INdAU?list=WL&t=699 that it is difficult to define morality as maximizing happiness for the maximum number of people. I also read about the open-...
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How to live the present instead of just surviving?

When I was younger, I always tried to imagine how my future would be, and how it would feel like. I tried to imagine how my relationships would be, how my house would be, what my job would be, etc., ...
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Is Socrates' happiness possible for average, normal people?

Socrates talked a big game in the Republic: we don't need money, family or friends to be happy; all that requires is that we pursue truth and wisdom. I can sort of see how this can make sense for ...
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Pleasure-maximizing hedonistic pacing

Suppose I am hedonist who wants to maximize the pleasure I experience in my life. I have observed the hedonic treadmill, and am aware that after having the same experience a few times, I will find it ...
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Was every nihilist philosopher yet unhappy with it?

Let's use a comparison. For this I will show my own views on it: My life is meaningless. I play games for a meaningless joy. I listen jokes for a meaningless laughter. I want to change this world ...
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What does money do to a person? [closed]

What does money do, to a person? There is the idea of commodity fetishism, but I guess this is more to do with the economy than e.g. individual bourgeoisie. Can anyone offer a brief overview of ...
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Have we become less happy in this age of technology? [closed]

With the growing emergence of technology and our busy routine, everyone is busy on their own; people are considering their lives so busy! Are we becoming less happy in this modern era of technology?
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Ignorance vs Knowledge - What should one strive for to live a happy life?

The title actually explains it all. If one's goal is to live one's life as a happy person, which I actually want, what would be the best course to achieve that? I for myself could find myself ...
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Where did Kant say that "happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination"?

Can somebody tell me where this famous quote comes from? I mean in which book and on which page. I want to find this in German. If someone can provide the quote in German the way Kant wrote it, I ...
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How is it possible to be thankful for what you have?

Question: How can one be thankful for what he has? Details: Many religions, philosophies and self-development lectures advocate people to become grateful for what they already have so that they can ...
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Contentedness vs Happiness

Is being contented equal to happiness? Is being happy equal to being contented? To me this is hard to determine as there are people I know who are contented with their lot, but are not completely ...
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How to be calm and content with what you have in life?

How can anyone be content and satisfied with the resorces they have? I am not talking about deprivation of basic necessaties like food, water, chothing and shelter. I am saying about the resources ...
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Intelligence, happiness, money and idols

It seems to me that nowadays, everyone runs after happiness and pleasures (each in his own way), and I suspect that attaining intelligence isn't the best way to be happy. Looking at two types of ...
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What's the best way to deal with nihilism?

I philosophically align with nihilism, but I find it incredibly disheartening. What's the best way to still feel hopeful and to enjoy life while being nihilistic? Or at least a rebuttal to it?
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When is happiness enough?

I think we'd agree happiness is not always the summum bonum. We can each, I think, imagine a very evil person who is happy in their evil, but is living badly. Perhaps likewise, a very good person, who ...
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Happiness philosophies and dealing with other people's happiness

Is there a happiness philosophy that deals with philosophy toward preserving or increasing happiness of other people, not just how to be happy yourself? Main branch of philosophy I'm familiar with ...
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How Would Hedonists View a Hypothetical "Perfect Drug"?

If there exists a "perfect" drug that could safely reproduce the exact same experience as the greatest happiness and pleasure possible for a specific candidate in every respect (hedonic, cognitive, ...
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Can happiness be measured quantitatively? such that an amount of money can buy [closed]

There is a cliche, which is often used by the middle class, saying that happiness cannot be bought and supporting their thought by stating how many rich people suicide or constantly go to ...
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What arguments exist against inequality in life fulfillment?

What arguments exist against inequality in life fulfillment? By life fulfillment I mean the things that one is able to enjoy in one's life and why not all people can enjoy the same things (because of ...
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If happiness is relative, why would I want to get more of it?

In my philosophy class, we talking about Aristotle and how he defined true happiness. For him, true happiness is acquired when you know yourself and accomplish yourself and false happiness is simply ...
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Is optimism delusion? [closed]

How can people be truly happy during the death of loved ones and in times of despair? Is the world a happy or sad place only depending on your outlook?
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If the question is whether you have reason to be satisfied with your life, then why does your state of mind not matter?

Source: p 110-111 Top. Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed 2013) by Daniel M. Haybron. Here, though, I am interested in the way we evaluate lives as they are lived, or when looking back ...
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Are humans social beings?

What has been said in literature about the following question? Can someone, alone on a desert island for instance, have a fulfilled life without interactions with other people? Do we need other ...
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Is happiness the coherence of belief and feeling?

I was thinking about addiction; I've enjoyed smoking for far too long. Seems to me that the "pleasure" of smoking actually has two aspects: the feeling; and the belief that you're doing the right ...
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Did Easterlin paradox and Scitovsky joyless economy disprove utilitarianism?

Utilitarianism is defined as follows: Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the best moral action is the one that maximizes utility. Utility is defined in various ways, but is ...
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Would Utilitarianism say that surveillance of the public is wrong?

If surveillance results in fear from the majority of the public, will Utilitarianism reject surveillance of the public for security reasons? I'm assuming this because Utilitarianism calls an action ...
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How do Aristotle and Hobbes differ in their conceptions of the human good?

Hobbes argues that the human good or 'felicity' is 'continual success in obtaining those things which a man from time to time desireth, that is to say, continual prospering' ('Leviathan', ch.6). ...
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Does it even make sense to say pleasure has an innate value

I know that Nietzsche claims that some moral systems place too much value on pleasure, and that it isn't innately valuable like they claim. I keep being struck by the idea that it having innate value ...
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Joy accompanies, joy does not move

In Will to Power, Nietzsche wrote that joy accompanies, joy does not move This claim strikes me as false. Behind this seems to be the idea that power rather happiness motivates us. But I think ...
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why is happiness induced by incongruous laughter? [closed]

I will attempt to be prompt. Variables/strings/operators: *The prime symbol (') will be used as an operator for an action's derivative [here, meaning antecedent] (e.g (eating a sandwich)' = (...
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Should I be content with short-term happiness and avoid thinking about long-term concerns? [closed]

I am very happy, if judged from a third-party perspective. I have absolutely no problems related to relationships, behaviour, health, finance, knowledge, etc. In fact, lately, I've been getting ...
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