Table of Contents

 

 

Acknowledgements

Preface

1.         Introduction

Despair

Adapting

Moral Luck

An Overview

2.         Felicity

Degrees of Happiness

Subjectivity and Objectivity

Subjective Happiness

Objective Happiness

Duration

Dispensability

Summary

3.         Optimizing and Adapting

Optimizing and Adapting

Adapting Belief

Reinventing Happiness

Problems with Optimizing

Advantages of Adapting

Summary

4.         Becoming Invulnerable

Autarchy

Necessitism

Malleabilism

Nihilism

Some Features of the Four

Summary

5.         Annihilation

The Misfortune of Dying

Epicurus

Thanatizing

The Thanatic Life

Thanatic Vulnerability

Wishful Thinking and Invulnerability

Summary

6.         The Drawbacks of Invulnerability

Circularity and Rational Assessment

Thanatics:  Walking Dead

The Invulnerable:  Lame Dead

Summary

7.         Transformations

Recapitulation and Diagnosis

Degrees

Preparing for Death

Further Transformations

Summary

Bibliography