A New Science of Happiness: The Paradox of Pleasure

Panel Discussion October 8, 2015

The pursuit of happiness is enshrined in the founding document of our nation as a fundamental and inalienable right. Yet nowhere is the method of this pursuit clearly defined. What, exactly, does it mean to be happy, and how can such happiness be sustained over the long-term? Can happiness be accurately gauged or measured? How does the paradoxical relationship between happiness and pleasure shape our quest to lead the good life? And what does modern science have to tell us about this universal yet elusive pursuit? Attorney and author Kim Azzarelli, historian Darrin McMahon, and social psychologist Barry Schwartz join forces to share their research and insight on happiness, pleasure, and the coveted good life.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Kim K. Azzarelli Author and Co-Founder of Seneca Women
  • Darrin M. McMahon Professor of History, Dartmouth College
  • Barry Schwartz Professor of Social Theory, Swarthmore College


  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume brings together leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars to investigate the evolving nature of the human condition and the enduring quest to lead the good life.

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About This Series

This event is part of the From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life series, which brings together an array of leading scientists, philosophers, and scholars for an interdisciplinary investigation into the evolving nature of the human condition and the ultimate quest to discover how to lead the good life.



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