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Views of Happiness

Onkar Ghate

Presented at: IRM 2001

Date: Jul 07, 2001

Happiness is now a "hot" topic, with authors like Laura Schlessinger, John Gray, and even the Dalai Lama writing "self-help" books on it. Dr. Ghate shows that such advice, while offering some useful suggestions, is typically plagued by a false dichotomy: happiness as other-worldly vs. happiness as mindless. He traces this dichotomy to the theories of happiness expounded by Plato, Augustine, and Hume. He then integrates this dichotomy with its epistemological roots in intrinsicism and subjectivism. Finally, in sharp contrast, Dr. Ghate presents Ayn Rand's view of happiness, particularly her Benevolent Universe premise. (This is a revision of a 1996 course.)



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