Objective Happiness

Christopher Shields (George N. Shuster Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame)

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location:

JRC 126
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Objective Happiness

If you think you are content, then you probably are.  This only shows, however, that contentment is not the same as happiness.  This is because happiness is an objective state, and—although this may initially sound paradoxical—one about which you can be mistaken.  That is, you might be happy and not realise it; and you might think you are happy, but be wrong about that.  What, then, should one wish: to be happy or to be content?

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