Originally broadcast: December 8, 2013
Everybody wants happiness, but no one seems to agree on what it is. This is not new; figuring out what it means to be happy is one of the most longstanding and difficult philosophical problems in history. So, obviously, WHY? Radio is going to ask it.
Sissela Bok is the author of Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science and numerous other books, among them are Lying: Moral Choice in Private and Public Life; Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation; A Strategy for Peace: Human Values and the Threat of War and Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment. She is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard University School of Public Health.