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The unhappiness of happiness

26 mins | Apr 15, 2021

Patriotism might be holding America back. Thomas Jefferson’s "pursuit of happiness" is still deeply ingrained in the USA’s cultural aspirations, but can it truly be gained in a modern era? William M. Chace — honorary professor of English at Stanford University — explores the complexities of this famous definition. In this elaborate analysis of American identity, he argues that although another core value may have pushed hopeful aspirations aside, a more philosophical approach to happiness is as important as ever.

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