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Happiness and the Limits of Satisfaction Paperback – January, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0847681402 ISBN-10: 0847681408

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. . . lucid and penetrating . . . the most important contribution of the book lies in its subtle and effective restoration of eudaemonistic ethics . . .This is a work that deserves to be read and pondered by specialists and laymen alike. Its publication should be greeted with enthusiasm. (Crisis)

. . . an invaluable account of the anthropology of the virtues. This highly readable essay is a prerequisite for all students, whether in philosophy or theology, who want to learn about classical virtue theory. (Romanus Cessario)

Professor Hudson's insightful examination of both ancient and contemporary theories of happiness affords the reader a correct understanding of happiness which is indispensable to our living a whole good life. This book cannot be too highly recommended. (Adler, Mortimer J.)

Excellent book . . . (The Philosophical Quarterly)

Happiness and the Limits of Satisfaction comes as a pleasant surprise . . . Hudson's reliance on the natural law tradition makes his book an important addition to the growing scholarly literature on the natural law. (John B. Killoran Vera Lex)

Hudson criticizes the popular (Subjectivist)

About the Author

Deal W. Hudson is the editor of the magazine Crisis and former Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is the editor of Sigrid Undset on Saints and Sinners and co-editor, with Dennis Moran of The Future of Thomism, among other books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847681408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847681402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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There are thousands of books about happiness. Most of them are irritating in the sense that they promise too much. This is an older book, but still very relevant. History of happiness goes long way and we must not forget the roots of it. Hudson is rightly very critical about the ways happiness was understood during the late 90's. Though there are now hundreds of empirical studies about happiness, most of Hudson's critiques are still pertinent.
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Marvelous philosophical depth
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