Central Park: Nature, context, and human wellbeing

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Daniel M. Haybron


This paper considers evidence that social and physical contexts, particularly natural environments, are surprisingly important for human wellbeing. In particular, the pursuit of happiness seems to be less a matter of individual choice than is commonly supposed. These ideas are explored through an examination of New York’s Central Park.

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Daniel M. Haybron, Saint Louis University

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy