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Happiness can only be experienced by individuals. While happiness can affect groups of people, its basic quality as a human emotion springs from a person's engagement with human reality. Like other existential categories, happiness is a vital concern of differentiated persons. In other words, happiness and sadness only occur to individuals. As such, happiness is not an objective event in…

In Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity), Ludwig Feuerbach's 1841 scathing criticism of Christianity, the German anthropologist pontificates on the nature of divinity by attributing divine qualities to man. Feuerbach and the philosophical materialists that he inspired assert that man can be perfected, once his environment is modified. This idea has ushered an overblown estimation of reason. Human…

Alfred North Whitehead, a formidable philosopher in his own right, captured the essence and vision of Plato's philosophy when he wrote in Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology that "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato." He wrote this in 1929. For serious students of Plato,…