Jonathan Philips on the Concept of Happiness

Jonathan Philips discusses the distinction between descriptive and evaluative views of happiness.  In particular, he discusses a number of experiments that aim to tease out the folk concept of happiness.  That is, do people tend to think of happiness as an entirely psychological condition (i.e. a descriptive view) or as something that essentially involves worthy, meaningful or true mental states (i.e. an evaluative view)?  You can view the two papers discussed in the video here:

The Ordinary Concept of Happiness (and Others Like it)

The Good in Happiness

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