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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (19 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074253362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742533622
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,111,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In one of the best surveys of the field, Belliotti economically sweeps both historical and contemporary sources into a solidly readable, powerful analysis, achieving the rare status of general public accessibility without sacrificing any scholarly meat. Bulleted summations at the close of chapters serve to clarify and condense. Highly recommended. CHOICE Happiness Is Overrated is a good book. Belliotti shows himself to be a clear writer and thinker who is well versed in both the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy. The breadth of his knowledge and understanding is very impressive. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in finding out what philosophers have had to say about the nature and value of happiness and the meaning of human existence. Review of Metaphysics [Belliotti's] book is informative, enjoyable, and meaningful. The Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry Raymond Belliotti's Happiness Is Overrated is a most welcome book in ethics. Belliotti asks the key questions that philosophers should ask, as should their students, such as to what extent happiness is subjective or objective and whether happiness is indeed the most important thing in life or rather 'overrated.' His answers to these questions should be both enticing and challenging to our students. They will learn a lot of history of philosophy as well. -- Robert C. Solomon, Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas, Aust

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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).

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2010
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This is a very good book, I confess to looking it after it was cited in The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset. It is, as that author mentions, a critical appraisal of much of what is written about the idea of happiness but, as that author states too, Belliotti's idea that meaning and purpose are the source of happiness will be shared by many of the sources on happiness Belliotti is critical off.

The book has an excellent contents, index and bibliography, the chapters have end notes and titles and subtitles are used to break up the text, there is some use of citations and bullet points but not too much and the style and pace of writing is interesting, accessible and made for a good read.

The contents break down as follows:
Preface, 1. Topics, 2. Acknowledgements;
Greek, Roman and Christian Happiness, 1. Happiness as Moral and Intellectual Virtue, 2. Happiness as Flourishing, 3. Happiness as Radical Asceticism, 4. Happiness as Hedonism, 5. Happiness as Tranquility, 6. Happiness as Worldly Transcendence;
Happiness Reconceived, 1. Happiness as Morally Earned, 2. Happiness as Collective Achievement, 3. Happiness as the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number, 4. Happiness as Illusion, 5. Happiness as Positive Psychological State;
Contemporary Philosophical Views, 1. Philosophy Joins Hands with Social Science, 2. Happiness as Positive Self-Appraisal, 3. Happiness as Accurate, Positive Self-Appraisal, 4. Happiness as Connection to Objective, Pre-existing Good, 5. What We Learn from Contemporary Philosophers, 6. Can Everyone Be Happy?, 7. Should Everyone Be Happy?, 8.
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Puts happiness in perspective 30 Mar. 2015
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Happiness is a pleasant (and necessary) by-product many times in life, but pursuit of a feeling for it's own sake needs to be carefully examined.
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