Madigan Co-publishes Book on Friendship and Happiness

September 27, 2017

Dr. Tim Madigan, professor and chair of the Philosophy Department, recently co-published a book with Dr. Tim Delaney, professor and department chair of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Tim Madigan

The book, Friendship and Happiness and the Connection Between the Two (McFarland Publishers, 2017), provides a philosophical and sociological look at friendship and happiness. It begins with a review of Aristotle’s three categories of friendship—friends of utility, friends of pleasure, and friends of the good—and then explores modern variations—casual friends, close friends, best friends—along with the growing phenomena of virtual friendships and cyber socialization in the Internet age.

Inspired in part by Bertrand Russell’s The Conquest of Happiness, the authors propose that conquering unhappiness is key to achieving the self-satisfaction Russell called zest and Aristotle called Eudaimonia, or thriving by our own efforts.

Madigan is the president of the Bertrand Russell Society and serves on the editorial board of Philosophy Now magazine.