Chapter

The Pursuit of Happiness

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066356.003.0006
The Pursuit of Happiness

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the notion of utilitarianism and how it turned into an affirmative, tolerant, and seemingly democratic social philosophy that appeared to take the pursuit of happiness seriously. It then considers the dark and dubious side of the utilitarian principle. This is followed by discussions of monetary utilitarianism, commodification, measuring happiness, and the shape of happiness.

Keywords: utilitarianism; social philosophy; utilitarian principle; commodification; happiness

Chapter.  5901 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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