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978-0-7425-3361-5 • Hardback • November 2003 • $131.00 • (£101.00)
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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).
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
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 Reviews
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