Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2085: Imagining the Good Life: From Agora to the American Dream

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Apeiron 35 (4) (Dec 2002) Special issue on ‘Eudaimonia and Well-Being: Ancient and Modern Conceptions’  


Ahmed, S. (2010) The Promise of Happiness. Duke University Press: Durham and London


Annas, J. (1995) The Morality of Happiness. OUP


Bache, I. and Scott, K. (Eds.) (2018) The Politics of Wellbeing: Theory, Policy and Practice. Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke


Bok, D. (2010) The Politics of Happiness. Princeton: Princeton University Press


Davis. W. (2015) The Happiness Industry: How Government and Big Business Sold us Well-Being. Verso: London/NewYork.


Evans, J. (2013) Philosophy for Life. Rider Publishing


Feldman. F. (2012) What Is This Thing Called Happiness? Clarendon Press.


Nussbaum, M.C. (2004) Mill between Aristotle and Bentham. Daedalus 133:2, pp60-68


Russell, R. (2012) Happiness for Humans. Oxford University Press


Schoch, R. (2007) The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for The Good Life. Profile Books: London

Sen, A, K. (1985) Wellbeing, Agency and Freedom: The Dewey Lectures 1984. The Journal of Philosophy 82:4 pp169-221