Title

The Responsibility of Happiness

Date

5-30-2013 1:50 PM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 111

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Susan Daniel

Session Title

Philosophy Senior Thesis Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Susan Daniel

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov the claim is made that free will and happiness cannot coexist within the same person. This goes against the majority of happiness theories, which take for granted the existence of free will and require it as a major component. While passing feelings of happiness or pleasure may be felt without the active use of free will, in order to achieve actual happiness, free will must be actively exercised. Actual happiness is a personal responsibility and free will is a necessary ingredient to its achievement.

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May 30th, 1:50 PM

The Responsibility of Happiness

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 111

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov the claim is made that free will and happiness cannot coexist within the same person. This goes against the majority of happiness theories, which take for granted the existence of free will and require it as a major component. While passing feelings of happiness or pleasure may be felt without the active use of free will, in order to achieve actual happiness, free will must be actively exercised. Actual happiness is a personal responsibility and free will is a necessary ingredient to its achievement.