Show simple item record Cuddeback, Corinne 2019-05-29T01:51:28Z 2019-05-29T01:51:28Z 2019-04
dc.description Honors thesis Spring 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract This project is primarily concerned with the problem of human unhappiness. I explore the philosophical history of happiness and its relationship to other concepts such as freedom, reason, and human nature in general. By putting various optimistic and pessimistic approaches into conversation with each other, I illustrate a complicated and rich dialogue about some of the biggest questions philosophy, namely: is it actually possible to be a happy person, and if so, how? If happiness is impossible, is life worth living? While I will be arguing more from a pessimistic perspective, I do not reject the entire non-pessimistic canon, and there are many pessimistic conclusions that I do not agree with. Rather, I will suggest a different approach to the problem of happiness. By clarifying the limitations of the human condition, namely the expected and actual nature of freedom and reason, I suggest a possibility of happiness that is not based in the illusion of optimism or the denial of the fundamental aspects of human nature. en_US
dc.publisher Florida Southern College en_US
dc.subject Happiness en_US
dc.subject Optimism en_US
dc.subject Pessimism en_US
dc.subject Liberty en_US
dc.subject Reason en_US
dc.title Problems with Happiness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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