Happiness as an End in Itself
Denise Jones @cooljonez/Unsplash.
One of the great ironies of modern life is that, for all the talk of autonomy and self-determination, we seem to have a science to guide every aspect of our lives. Not only practical activities, but matters of the heart, the soul, and the psyche have all become the subject of science-based truth claims and objects for rational management and efficacious technique.
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Reprinted from The Hedgehog Review 15.2
(Summer 2013). This essay may not be resold, reprinted,
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