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False Happiness


False Happiness is a documentary about the life, work and influence of Professor Nicholas Dungey. It is also a film about human values and the modern misunderstanding of happiness as it applies to our personal and political lives. In his lectures, Nick clearly illustrates the modern American tendency to equate joy and fulfillment with material wealth and consumerism rather than the development of a more nuanced understanding of pleasure as ephemeral and contingent upon our personal outlook and ability to artistically shape or give meaning to our lives.

Drawing from the work of thinkers like Boethius, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Michel Foucault, Richard Rorty, and others Nick makes a case that without an appreciation for the foundations and evolution of our core values as a society we cannot fully grasp a vision of a healthy, heroic future.