The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life

The Virtues of Happiness A Theory of the Good Life As children we learn life is unfair bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people So it is natural to ask Why play fairly in an unfair world If being immoral will get you wh

  • Title: The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life
  • Author: Paul Bloomfield
  • ISBN: 9780199827367
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As children, we learn life is unfair bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people So, it is natural to ask, Why play fairly in an unfair world If being immoral will get you what you want and you know you can t get caught, why not do it The answers, as argued herein, begin by rejecting the idea that morality and happiness are at odds with oneAs children, we learn life is unfair bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people So, it is natural to ask, Why play fairly in an unfair world If being immoral will get you what you want and you know you can t get caught, why not do it The answers, as argued herein, begin by rejecting the idea that morality and happiness are at odds with one another From this point of view, we can see how immorality undermines its perpetrator s happiness self respect is necessary for happiness, and immorality undermines self respect As we see how our self respect is conditional upon how we respect others, we learn to evaluate and value ourselves, and others, appropriately The central thesis is the result of combining the ancient Greek conception of happiness eudaimonia with a modern conception of self respect We become happy, we life the best life we can, only by becoming virtuous by being as courageous, just, temperate, and wise as can be These are the virtues of happiness This book explains why it is bad to be bad and good to be good, and what happens to people s values as their practical rationality develops.

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