About the book
The book was written as a doctoral thesis during 2002 to 2006 under the supervision of
Prof. Peter Ulrich (Economic Ethics) and Prof. Dieter Thomä (Philosophy),
of St. Gallen University, with substantial “unofficial” guidance by
Prof. Eduardo Giannetti of the Insper (formerly “Ibmec”) São Paulo. The research was done at the
University of St. Gallen,
Switzerland (two years), the Insper São
Paulo, Brazil (15 months), and the
Bhutan Studies, Bhutan (3 months). The last year was funded through
a scholarship of the Swiss
National Science Foundation (SNF).
In March 2011, an updated and improved version of the (previously unpublished) text was published by Routledge under the same title (for sale at amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de).
What the text is about
The text develops an answer to the
question of what the appropriate role of happiness should be within a
comprehensive conception of good development.
download a pdf
file (418KB) of the original (2006) version with the table of contents, the preface and the first
chapter (introduction) of the thesis.
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