The pursuit of happiness
Happiness. Monks meditate for days on end in pursuit of it. Fitness buffs chase exercise endorphins. It’s so popular, that it’s an industry in and of itself – complete with self-help books, inspiring podcasts and lifestyle products – all advocating how you can live your best life.
But when you really stop and think about it, what are we chasing? Is it a feeling, a fleeting emotion or an enduring sense of achievement? Or is it more than a feeling? Drawing on a rich ancient and philosophical tradition of thinking about happiness, Caroline West will tackle three big questions about this elusive state – what is it, why it's important and how we get it.
An expert in all things ebullience, philosopher Dr Caroline West has dedicated her career to dissecting the concept of happiness. A lecturer in philosophy, Caroline teaches Philosophy of Happiness, Ethics and Practical Ethics.
Caroline is frequently interviewed on radio, and her popular essays on topics such as the nature of happiness and free speech have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The National Times, and the Australian Review of Public Affairs. In 2010 she was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize.