English: A Venn diagram analysis of major phil...

English: A Venn diagram analysis of major philosophical approaches. It is possible to categorize philosophers according to three dimensions: those who see the essence of virtue as (1) wisdom (2) love (3) power. It is possible to describe different philosophers in this context which allows mixtures of different approaches. Source of diagram: here (see public domain declaration at top). Questions: write me at my Wikipedia talk page or email me at thomaswrightsulcer@yahoo.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stockholm University
May 5–6, 2017

In recent years, psychologists, neuroscientists, economists, and other scientists have turned their attention to traditional philosophical themes of happiness, virtue, and the meaning of life. Perhaps not coincidentally, philosophers’ interest in these themes appears to have been rekindled. This two-day workshop aims to close the gap between empirical and philosophical approaches to questions of happiness, virtue, and the meaning of life, in the interest of encouraging the development of an empirically informed philosophy and a science with philosophical awareness.

Goals include to explore the degree to which the conclusions of philosophical reflection and systematic empirical study of issues of happines, virtue, and the meaning of life are converging (or not); what in general contemporary scientists can learn from philosophy, its history and methodology, and what contemporary philosophers stand to gain from engaging with the empirical literature; what in particular recent work has revealed about the nature of happiness (e.g., if it includes an account of the meaning of life) and virtue (e.g., whether it can be understood as a self-transcendent practical orientation); what the power and limitations of empirical methods are in addressing philosophical questions; and whether there remains a space for armchair philosophizing in addressing the topics.

The workshop is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University in collaboration with the project “Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life” <http://virtue.uchicago.edu&gt; which is made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina) “Self-Love and Self-Transcendence” (Keynote)

Candace Vogler (University of Chicago) “Synderesis” (Keynote)

Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge University)  “Science and Individual Well-Being”

More here.

2 thoughts on “Happiness

  1. My paper on happiness:

    Happiness happens. If you search for happiness you will fail. Happiness is a condition arising as a result of doing what you love to do.

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    • I certainly agree that searching for happiness fails, meaning that if we think that happiness is in another place, in the company of somebody else, having more or less, or changing something in our lives with the expectation that this will bring happiness, we are bound to fail, simply because we are assuming that happiness is to be found in a specific situation. But if searching for happiness is to search for an understanding of that state we call happiness then things change. And so, I think this is something I want to do everyday.

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