CART

(0) items

Well-Being Happiness in a Worthwhile Life,9780195323276
This item qualifies for
FREE SHIPPING!

FREE SHIPPING OVER $59!

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

Well-Being Happiness in a Worthwhile Life

by
ISBN13:

9780195323276

ISBN10:
0195323270
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
7/2/2014
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press
List Price: $69.33

Rent Textbook

(Recommended)
 
Term
Due
Price
$24.27

Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days
N9780195323276
$67.60

Used Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

eTextbook

We're Sorry
Not Available

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?
Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from eCampus.com can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.
How do rental returns work?
Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!
What version or edition is this?
This is the edition with a publication date of 7/2/2014.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.

Summary

This book offers a new argument for the ancient claim that well-being as the highest prudential good -- eudaimonia -- consists of happiness in a virtuous life. The argument takes into account recent work on happiness, well-being, and virtue, and defends a neo-Aristotelian conception of virtue as an integrated intellectual-emotional disposition that is limited in both scope and stability. This conception of virtue is argued to be widely-held and compatible with social and cognitive psychology.

The main argument of the book is as follows: (i) the concept of well-being as the highest prudential good is internally coherent and widely held; (ii) well-being thus conceived requires an objectively worthwhile life; (iii) in turn, such a life requires autonomy and reality-orientation, i.e., a disposition to think for oneself, seek truth or understanding about important aspects of one's own life and human life in general, and act on this understanding when circumstances permit; (iv) to the extent that someone is successful in achieving understanding and acting on it, she is realistic, and to the extent that she is realistic, she is virtuous; (v) hence, well-being as the highest prudential good requires virtue. But complete virtue is impossible for both psychological and epistemic reasons, and this is one reason why complete well-being is impossible.

Author Biography


Neera Badhwar is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Part I: Well-Being
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Well-Being as the Highest Prudential Good
Chapter 3: Well-Being: From Subjectivity to Objectivity

Part II: Autonomy, Realism, and Virtue
Chapter 4: Autonomy and Reality-Orientation
Chapter 5: Is Realism Really Bad for You? A Realistic Response
Chapter 6: Virtue

Part III: Well-Being and Virtue
Chapter 7: Happy Villains and Stoic Sages, External Goods, and the Primacy of Virtue
Chapter 8: Taking Stock

Bibliography
Index


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...