Can technology make us happy? : ethics, spectator's happiness and the value of achievement

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The chapter introduces a distinction between a person-related and a circumstance directed type of happiness in order to investigate in which way modern technology can contribute to human happiness. This distinction is elaborated as the difference between ‘achiever’s happiness’ and ‘spectator’s happiness’. Looking at the ethical tradition, it is argued that moral philosophers have certain expectations about what should count as true happiness for human beings, who can act in accordance with moral values. The essay presents three arguments for the superiority of achiever’s happiness from a moral point of view. Looking at modern technology it is argued that we find both in an optimistic and a pessimistic evaluation of modern technology valuable insights into the role that technology can (and can not) play for the human striving for happiness. Finally persuasive technologies are presented as one type of recent technologies that promises to contribute to achiever’s happiness if developed while taking ethical requirements into account.
TaalEngels
TitelWell-being in contemporary society
RedacteurenJ.H. Søraker, J.-W. Rijt, van der, J. Boer, de, P.-H. Wong, P. Breij
Plaats van productieDordrecht
UitgeverijSpringer
Pagina's93-113
Aantal pagina's21
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-319-06458-1
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 2015

Publicatie series

NaamHappiness Studies Book Series

Vingerafdruk

Spectator
Happiness
Moral Point of View
Person
Moral Values
Moral philosophers
Human Being
Evaluation
Superiority

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Spahn, A. (2015). Can technology make us happy? : ethics, spectator's happiness and the value of achievement. In J. H. Søraker, J-W. Rijt, van der, J. Boer, de, P-H. Wong, & P. Breij (editors), Well-being in contemporary society (blz. 93-113). (Happiness Studies Book Series). Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06459-8_6
Spahn, A./ Can technology make us happy? : ethics, spectator's happiness and the value of achievement. Well-being in contemporary society. redacteur / J.H. Søraker ; J.-W. Rijt, van der ; J. Boer, de ; P.-H. Wong ; P. Breij. Dordrecht : Springer, 2015. blz. 93-113 (Happiness Studies Book Series).
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Spahn A. Can technology make us happy? : ethics, spectator's happiness and the value of achievement. In Søraker JH, Rijt, van der J-W, Boer, de J, Wong P-H, Breij P, redacteurs, Well-being in contemporary society. Dordrecht: Springer. 2015. blz. 93-113. (Happiness Studies Book Series). Beschikbaar vanaf, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-06459-8_6