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Offers a multidisciplinary reflection on a central and fundamental issue in life
Illustrates viable and empirically grounded theories
Reflects the astonishing increase of research on happiness and well-being
This briefs presents a discussion of happiness that takes the shape of a dialogue between contemplative knowledge and practice, or the wisdom traditions, and the social sciences. It examines the different definitions of happiness in relation to wisdom traditions, and the impact of these traditions on current research. It explores topics such as the pursuit of a good life, the pursuit of eudaimonia, and the meaning of economic and social suffering from the perspective of the social sciences.
The briefs further discusses how the social sciences can meet people’s aspirations towards a world of higher well-being in our time, and what the future challenges are. It includes both theoretical and empirical contributions on the matter and opens up a new line of transdisciplinary research. Overcoming barriers between disciplines and fields of knowledge, the book presents a beneficial cross-fertilization to achieve a wiser model of man.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Buddhist Egology - Buddism as Diminishing of Suffering - Contemplative Knowledge and Practices - Dealing with Suffering - Empirical Happiness Research - Freedom and Happiness - Happiness and Freedom - Human Flourishing - Life Satisfaction and Quality of Life - Meaning of Life - Methodological Problems in Measuring Happiness - Methodological Problems in Measuring Life Satisfaction - Methodological Problems in Measuring Well-Being - Public Economy - Well-Being and Happiness - Wisdom Traditions