Handbook of Eudaimonic Well-Being

  • Joar Vittersø

Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Philosophical Eudaimonism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Daniel M. Haybron
      Pages 27-53
    3. Johannes Hirata
      Pages 55-65
  3. Identifying the Elements of Psychological Eudaimonics

  4. Living Eudaimonically

  5. Eudaimonia and the Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. Leah J. Ferguson, Katie E. Gunnell
      Pages 427-436
    3. Paul Dolan, Laura Kudrna
      Pages 437-452
    4. Hans Henrik Knoop
      Pages 453-471
    5. M. Joseph Sirgy, Muzaffer Uysal
      Pages 485-495
  6. Against Eudaimonia

  7. Epilogue

About this book


This handbook presents the most comprehensive account of eudaimonic well-being to date. It brings together theoretical insights and empirical updates presented by leading scholars and young researchers. The handbook examines philosophical and historical approaches to the study of happy lives and good societies, and it critically looks at conceptual controversies related to eudaimonia and well-being. It identifies the elements of happiness in a variety of areas such as emotions, health, wisdom, self-determination, internal motivation, personal growth, genetics, work, leisure, heroism, and many more. It then places eudaimonic well-being in the larger context of society, addressing social elements. The most remarkable outcome of the book is arguably its large-scale relevance, reminding us that the more we know about the good way of living, the more we are in a position to build a society that can be supportive and offer opportunities for such a way of living for all of its citizens.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joar Vittersø
    • 1
  1. 1.UiT The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42443-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42445-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-7227
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-7235
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