SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research

The Pursuit of Happiness and the Traditions of Wisdom

Authors: Giorgino, Vincenzo Mario Bruno

  • 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​
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About this book

This book 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. It 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. The book 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.

About the authors

Vincenzo M.B. Giorgino (ed.) sociologist, University of Torino Aggregate Professor of Economic Sociology. Since 1998 he focused his interests on the integration of contemplative knowledge and social sciences in teaching and research, at theoretical and methodological levels.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“The present book makes a contribution to positive psychology, one that will especially interest economists, sociologists, scholars focusing on the psychology of religion, and positive psychologists. … In under 100 pages, the format seems appropriate for researchers aiming to convert a well-received conference symposium into a publication.” (Grant J. Rich, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 60 (8), February, 2015)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Classic Wisdom About Ways to Happiness: How Does It Apply Today?

    Veenhoven, Ruut

    Pages 1-12

  • More Terminological and Methodological Problems in Measuring Happiness, Life Satisfaction and Well-Being: Some First Empirical Results

    Maffioletti, Anna (et al.)

    Pages 13-21

  • Happiness-Freedom: Who Suffers? From Dukkha to Samadhi

    Kolm, Serge-Christophe

    Pages 23-31

  • Happiness, Dharma and Economics

    Burlando, Roberto

    Pages 33-50

  • Happiness Is an Art of Living: Towards a Contemplative Perspective on Economy as Relational Work

    Giorgino, Vincenzo M. B.

    Pages 51-71

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eBook $39.99
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Softcover $54.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Pursuit of Happiness and the Traditions of Wisdom
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04744-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04744-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-04743-0
Series ISSN
2211-7644
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 74
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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