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ERIC Number: EJ825538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
The Long Slide to Happiness
Smith, Richard
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v42 n3-4 p559-573 Aug-Nov 2008
The recent wave of interest in "teaching happiness" is beset by problems. It consists of many different emphases and approaches, many of which are inconsistent with each other. If happiness is understood as essentially a matter of "feeling good", then it is difficult to account for the fact that we want and value all sorts of things that do not make us particularly happy. In education and in life more broadly we value a wider diversity of goods. Such criticisms are standard in philosophical treatments of happiness and can be found across a range of imaginative literature--perhaps the kinds of books that would no longer be read if the proponents of "teaching happiness" were to have their way.
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Language: English
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