Aristotle in the commencement of his Metaphysics wrote that “All men by nature desire to know, this existential passion or desire is quite innate and intrinsic in man. As a result of this urge to know, man involved himself in a curious and inquisitive search into reasons of his existence, perhaps Socrates also realised this fact and maintained that “an unexamined life is not worth living”.
In other words, the life of man on earth must have a purpose and in order for us to grasp this end of human life on earth an intensive study is indispensable, to provide an answer to these timely interrogatives. Scholars, thinkers, erudite philosopher from many schools of thought have given divers views and opinions on this subject matter.
Saint Augustine of Hippo argues and advocates that “HAPPINESS” is the purpose of human life and actions. He submits that happiness is the essence of human existence. However following this Augustine trend of thesis, would be that man by virtue of his personhood has a natural inclination to happiness.
Nevertheless, the postulation of the end of human life as a search for happiness has altogether become problematic. The issue to tussle with is how to effect a true understanding of the notion of happiness. What do we mean when we say that someone is happy? In this wise, I intend to contribute towards understanding the one human objective “To Achieve Happiness” this will be done by a critical appraisal of The Concept of Happiness in Saint Augustine’s Philosophy
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title page i
Acknowledgements iv - v
Table of contents vi - vii Introduction viii- ix
1:1 The Notion and Nature of Happiness 1 - 4
1:2 Happiness as the ultimate purpose of Human existence 4 - 10
1:3 The Identity View 10 - 17
1:4 The Collection View 17 - 22
References 23- 28
2.1 Happiness as the Art of Living 29 - 31
2.2 Happiness as the ultimate end 31 - 37
2.3 Happiness, Morality and Immortality 37 – 43
References 44 - 46
3.1 Justice as a source of Happiness 47 - 52
3.2 Plato and Augustine on True Happiness 52- 54
Conclusion 54 – 55
Bibliography 57- 58
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