Happiness Is Overrated highlights the greatest thinking on the concept of happiness from classical philosophers such as Plato, to contemporary sociologists and psychologists. It includes practical advice on how to attain happiness, but argues that happiness is not the greatest personal good. Ultimately, the greatest personal good is realized in leading a robustly meaningful, valuable life.
Raymond Angelo Belliotti is Distinguished Teaching Professor and chairperson of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is the author of five other books: Justifying Law (1992), Good Sex (1993), Seeking Identity (1995), Stalking Nietzsche (1998), and What is the Meaning of Human Life? (2001).
Chapter 1 Greek, Roman, and Christian Happiness Chapter 2 Happiness Reconceived Chapter 3 Contemporary Philosophical Views Chapter 4 The Paths to Happiness Chapter 5 The Meaning of Life