Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

Two Kinds of Happiness: How a New Study Confirms Old Truths

I’m always intrigued when I happen upon a clinical study that implicates important philosophical truths.[1]

The science:

Principal investigators Professor Barbara L. Fredrickson[2] and Dr. Stephen Cole[3] set out to test how feelings of happiness (good psychological health) impact the human immune system (bodily health). Their guiding referent was the hypothesis of a previous investigation in which a group of psychologically unhappy participants—all suffering from chronic stress or poor psychological health—uniformly...

Ever Ancient, Ever New: Nature’s Wisdom

“There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house that there is in a bird’s building its own nest. Who knows but if men constructed their dwellings with their own hands, and provided food for themselves and families simply and honestly enough, the poetic faculty would be universally developed, as birds universally sing when they are so engaged?”Henry David Thoreau, Walden

A classic of American literature, Walden describes the...

Aristotle and Aquinas: The Vital Difference

An easy, but accurate way of distinguishing the ethics of Aristotle from that of Aquinas lies in examining the fundamental questions they ask. Aristotle’s ethics is the protracted answer to three basic questions:

(1) Who am I?  (2) How should I live?  (3) Where am I going?

To these questions, Aristotle responds by explaining that we are social beings; that we should live a life of virtue in accordance with reason; and that...