Is There a Right Way to Pursue Happiness?

Philosopher Mike W. Martin on the Good Life

Happiness and the Good Life

In Squaring Off, Zócalo invites authors into the public square to answer five questions about the essence of their books. For this round, we pose questions to Chapman philosopher Mike W. Martin, author of Happiness and the Good Life (Oxford University Press).

We think of happiness as a state of being-but, according to Martin, it’s a set of actions and behaviors, and we’d be better off thinking of it as a way of life. Martin explores how happiness intersects with other valued aspects of the philosophical “Good Life,” from morality to …

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