Modern Happiness Studies

This course seeks to study what is common to all human beings, that is, their nature, from a philosophical perspective, from the viewpoint of common first principles (archai) and a shared final end (telos). Insofar as the philosophical perspective should be open to inputs from other sciences, we shall pay special attention to contributions from Modern Happiness Studies and biotechnology regarding eudaimonia or the perfection of human nature.



A. Introduction: Happiness as “Individual Subjective Wellbeing”

B. Happiness and Income

C. Happiness and the Psychology of Human Needs

D. Happiness and Employment. Happiness and Inflation

E. Happiness and Institutions

F. Critique of Modern Happiness. Studies. Integration