Introduction: Quality of Life Studies; Our Dulling and Rusting Tools

  • Ryan M. Yonk
  • Josh T. Smith
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science book series (BRIEFSPOLITICAL)


The notion of what it means to have a high quality of life, to lead the good life, or simply to be happy has become increasingly the focus of social scientists. Its roots, however, extend much farther, at least to the foundations of the western world in philosophical treatises, the platonic dialogues, and perhaps most significantly in the Aristotelian conception of eudaimonia and questions of the proper social and political order (Russel, 2014). These philosophical foundations are all rooted in the commonality of what seems to be a near universal longing for a life well lived, and as a corollary a society organized in such a way as to achieve that life.


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  • Ryan M. Yonk
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  • Josh T. Smith
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  1. 1.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA

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