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[Revised entry by Dan Haybron on September 23, 2019. Changes to: Bibliography] There are roughly two philosophical literatures on "happiness," each corresponding to a different sense of the term. One uses 'happiness' as a value term, roughly synonymous with well-being or flourishing. The other body of work uses the word as a purely descriptive psychological term, akin to 'depression' or 'tranquility'. An important project in the philosophy of happiness is simply getting clear on what...

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