The question of what makes us happy, says Derek Bok, is just about as old as the human race — but we may not be much closer to understanding it now than we were in the Stone Age.
Dr. Bok and his wife, Dr. Sissela Bok, will speak with Roger Rosenblatt at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater. Last year, the Boks published books in tandem about the definition and pursuit of happiness.
Sissela, a philosopher, ethicist and senior visiting fellow at the Harvard Center for Population Studies, wrote Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. Her book is an expansive and lucid overview of the many disciplines that study happiness, including philosophy, psychology, theology and economics, and also personal narratives.