January 13, 2014 "Judaism and the Contemporary Pursuit of Happiness" | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

January 13, 2014 "Judaism and the Contemporary Pursuit of Happiness"

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson,The Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, Prof. of History and Director of Jewish Studies, ASU

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson Bibliography  Book list from the lecture

The Shaol Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series 2013-2014

“Judaism and the Contemporary Pursuit of Happiness”

January 13, 2014
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Director of Jewish Studies and Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and Professor of History at Arizona State University

Time: 7:00pm
 Location:  The Tucson Jewish Community Center (3800 E. River Rd)
 free and open to all

" "  Read the AZ Jewish Post article about Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Professor of History, Director of Jewish Studies, and Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  She was born in Kibbutz Afikim, Israel (1950) and served in the Israeli army (1968-1971).  She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978), and a BA in Religious Studies from SUNY in Stony Brook, New York (1974).  Prior to joining the faculty of Arizona State University, she taught at Indiana University (1991-1999), Emory University in Atlanta (1988-1991), Columbia University in New York (1982-1988), and Hebrew Union College in New York (1980-1982).  In these institutions she has taught courses in Jewish history, Jewish philosophy and mysticism, and Western religions for graduate and undergraduate students.

Prof. Tirosh-Samuelson’s research focuses on medieval and early-modern Jewish intellectual history, with an emphasis on the interplay between philosophy and mysticism.  In addition to numerous articles and book chapters in academic journals and edited volumes, she is the author of Between Worlds:  The Life and Work of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon (SUNY Press, 1991) that received the award of the Hebrew University for the best work in Jewish history for 1991, and the author of Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being in Premodern Judaism (Hebrew Union College Press, 2003).  She is also the editor of Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World (Harvard University Press, 2002), Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy (Indiana University Press, 2004), and The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life (Brill Academic Publishers, 2008).  She is the recipient of the generous grant ($ 500,000) for the Templeton Research Lectures on the Constructive Engagement of Science and Religion (2006-09) for the project, “Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science, and Technology.”  In 2007 Professor Tirosh-Samuelson was the honoree of the Distinguished Alumni Award of SUNY-Stony Brook.  She was awarded the  Martin and Helen Schwartz Lecture Series in Jewish Studies for 2009-2010 at Indiana University and her lectures will be published by Indiana University Press under the title Judaism and Nature: The Dialectics of Sacred Texts.

In addition to her academic position, Prof. Tirosh-Samuelson sits on the editorial board of the Journal of American Academy of Religion and the academic advisory board of Metanexus Institute of Science and Religion and is the co-editor (with Giuseppe Veltri) of a book series,  Studies in Jewish History and Culture, for Brill Academic Publishers.

Books Discussed in the Lecture:

Bok, Derek. The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being.  Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2010.

Bok, Sisela.  Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010.

Brooks, David. The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love Character and Achievement. New York: Random House, 2011

Bruckner, Pascal. Perpetual Happiness: On the Duty to Be Happy.  Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. Boston: Basic Books, 2006.

Haybron, Daniel M. Happiness: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Seligman, Seligman. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well Being. New York: Free Press, 2011.

_____. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment.  New York: Free Press, 2004.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava.  Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge and Well-Being.  Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2003.

Related Books:

Argyle, Michael.  The Psychology of Happiness.  New York: Taylor and Francis, 2001.

Csikzentmihalyi, Mihalyi. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.  San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1990.

_____. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life.  Boston: Basic Books, 1998.

Diener Ed and E. Suh.  Culture and Subjective Well-Being.  Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2003.

Emmons, Robert A. Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

______. The Psychology of Ultimate Concern: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality. New York: Gilford, 1999.

Eysenck, Michael.  Happiness: Facts and Myths.  London: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1990.

Emmons Robert A. and M.E. McCullough.  The Psychology of Gratitude.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Feldman. Fred.  What is This Thing Called Happiness?  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Haybron, Daniel M.  The Pursuit of Unhappiness: The Elusive Psychology of Well Being.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Kahneman, Daniel.  Thinking Fast and Slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.

Kahneman, Daniel, Ed Diener, and Norbert Schwartz (Eds.).  Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology.  New York: Russell Sage, 1999.

Layard Robert.  Happiness: Lessons from a New Science.  New York: Penguin 2006.

Lyobomirsky, Sonja.  The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.  New York: Penguin Press, 2007.

McMahon, Darrin M.  Happiness: A History.  New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006.

Meyers, David G.  The Pursuit of Happiness: Discovering the Pathway to Fulfillment, Well-Being and Enduring Personal Joy. New York: Harper Collins, 1992.

Peterson, Christopher.  A Primer in Positive Psychology.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Praeger, Dennis.  Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual. New York: ReganBooks: 1998.

Rubin, Gretchen.  The Happiness Project.  New York: Harper, 2009.

Russel, Bertrand.  The Conquest of Happiness.  London: Allen and Unwin, 1943.

Seligman, Martin E. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life.  New York: Vintage, 2006 (1990).

Veenhoven, Ruut.  Conditions of Happiness.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Reidel, 1984.


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