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Question posted on September 6, 2012; 1 response
Is the fact that spraining my ankle is bad for my welfare something that exists independently of my feeling that spraining my ankle is bad for my welfare? ...
Happiness Show

Question posted on February 29, 2012; 1 response
Who´s happiness is most important? My own or my family´s wich I have a responsible for as a mother and a wife? I´m used to, and it´s a part of my personality to always make sure that everybody around me is...
Ethics, Happiness Show

Question posted on February 9, 2012; 1 response
In a class on Aristotle we have been discussing the difference between the Greek's idea of Eudaimonia and what we today call happiness. Many of my classmates seem skeptical of more objective accounts like Aristotle's, instead defending subjective theories...
Happiness Show

Question posted on January 18, 2012; 1 response
It is said that happiness should be attained from the "inside out". That it should be unilaterally seeked, and not externally determined. On a philosophical standpoint, is this view tenable, considering that we do not live in a vacumn? It...
Freedom, Happiness Show

Question posted on January 3, 2012; 1 response
If the market for certain entertainment media - films, video games, television, etc. - prefers to consume media that is sexist, racist, heteronormative, or otherwise prejudiced against certain groups, should the creators of such media nevertheless try to produce "fair"...
Ethics, Happiness Show

Question posted on November 17, 2011; 1 response
In the bhuddist religion, the aim is obviously to become "enlightened" or as it could be redefined "a state of inner unwavering happiness" however along with being englightened one must take away his/her desires for material objects, relationships, negative emotions...
Happiness Show

Question posted on September 1, 2011; 1 response
If philosophers are asked, "What makes people happy (eudaimonic)?", why do they sit around and speculate on what should make people happy, instead of walking out into the street and checking people out? "Hey, are you happy? If so, tell...
Happiness Show

Question posted on March 9, 2011; 1 response
If there were a a good reason to believe that irrational thinking--or at least a certain train of irrational beliefs--leads to greater happiness and prosperity (and I think there is a bit of psych research that suggests this is true),...
Happiness, Rationality Show

Question posted on March 2, 2011; 1 response
Is it a paradox to be at one time happy with our lives and at another time sad with our lives even if there is nothing different?...
Happiness Show

Question posted on December 8, 2010; 1 response
What would be the better choice: truth that will make you bitter or a lie that would make you happy? Let's say truth would be the better choice. Now the follow-up question: what is there to truth that makes it...
Happiness, Truth Show

Question posted on December 2, 2010; 1 response
I'll try to make this concise, but will probably fail. Many ancient philosophers across numerous cultures recommended moderation or even elimination of the desires and passions as a/the way to deeper understanding or, in the case of Buddhism, enlightenment, whatever...
Emotion, Happiness Show

Question posted on October 14, 2010; 1 response
Considering that the primary drive which motivates human behaviour is the ubiquitous drive to reproduce; does happiness to a significant extent depend upon how physically attractive you are? From personal experience it seems like this is indeed the case; but...
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Question posted on September 30, 2010; 1 response
I know that my life is extremely short and that all of my worries and anxieties are transient. I should just learn to enjoy and appreciate the moment. Yet I simply can't seem to let go of my everyday anxieties....
Happiness Show

Question posted on September 23, 2010; 1 response
“The House of Pleasure” I have often been baffled by what seems to be a relatively straightforward problem which I call The House of Pleasure. I was wondering if: a) a trained philosopher could shed some light on it; and...
Happiness Show

Question posted on September 15, 2010; 1 response
Dear Philosophers, I've been told the "dream girl" as the "dream job" as the "dream life" don't exist. I disagree, I found a wonderful partner and got married to her. It is not a dream, meaning not everything is perfect: I...
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Question posted on August 19, 2010; 2 responses
Perhaps someone will be able to settle this argument between me and my friend once and for all. Whenever I whine about some unfortunate happening or circumstance in my life, my friend will remind me that I'm better off than, say,...
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Question posted on June 28, 2010; 2 responses
I am sixty and I find myself becoming removed from my life (my very nice life, I might add). I watch, rather than participate. Everything I read about, see, or experience is similar to that which I have read about,...
Happiness, Value Show

Question posted on June 28, 2010; 1 response
It seems that many philosophical positions are very depressing and scary. For example, a world without God, a world without freedom, or a world where everything can be explained away by science, even a world where everything that makes...
Happiness, Philosophy Show

Question posted on June 28, 2010; 1 response
Is it possible to quantify suffering philosophically? It's a foregone conclusion that pain has long been measured for actuarial purposes (with proportionate dollar amounts tagged to various injuries) so that an insurer can say, "the loss of vision is worth more...
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Question posted on June 10, 2010; 1 response
My father once told me: "do not expect anything from anyone, then you will live an easy and happy life". Is it true? Would I really live an easier life and would I be happier if I don't expect from...
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