1. If you are miserable, and you like it, are you happy or unhappy? Discuss with reference to theories of happiness considered in class.
2. “Hedonism is … fundamentally wrong about the kind of mental state that happiness is. It appears to commit something of a category mistake.” (Daniel Haybron, ‘Happiness and Pleasure’, p. 510.) Explain Haybron’s critique of hedonism. Is it rationally compelling?
3. Is happiness purely a feeling, or must it also involve making a judgement that your life is going well? Could you be very satisfied with how your life is going, yet be quite unhappy? How? Could you be quite happy, even though you are verydissatisfied with your life? How? What does this tell us about the nature of
4. Can someone be happy if her sincere belief that her life is going well is false or unjustified? Why do some philosophers believe that no purely internal psychological state is sufficient for happiness? Are there good reasons to believe these philosophers?
5. In ‘What Do We Want From a Theory of Happiness?’ (Metaphilosophy, 34(3),(2003), p. 305), Daniel Haybron claims that “we lack any satisfactory answer to the question of how we are to tell a good theory of happiness from a bad one.” Is
this so? Do Haybron’s desiderata provide a solution to this alleged problem?
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