Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life by Neera K. BadhwarWell-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life by Neera K. Badhwar

Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life

byNeera K. Badhwar

Paperback | April 15, 2017

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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 asan 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., adisposition 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, andto 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.
Neera K. Badhwar is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma and is affiliated with the Departments of Philosophy and Economics at George Mason University. She has published articles on friendship, virtue, self-interest, market societies, and other topics in ethics and social-political philosophy in such journals a...
Title:Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190682078

ISBN - 13:9780190682071

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"This wonderful book opens up the topics of well-being, happiness and virtue from fresh angles, and stimulates thinking about the relation of happiness to virtue, as well as the importance of circumstances and the nature of vice. Anyone interested in these topics should read this book." --Julia Annas, University of Arizona