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Well‐Being and Excellence

Robert Merrihew Adams

in Finite and Infinite Goods

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153712
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869381 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195153715.003.0004
Well‐Being and Excellence

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Intrinsic excellence holds a primary place among types of value in the theory developed here. Today, many moralists are reluctant to grant such a place to excellence. Well‐being (what is good for a person) is a much more popular type of value. In vindication of the centrality of excellence, this chapter argues that well‐being is actually best understood in terms of excellence, as a life characterized by enjoyment of the excellent; whereas currently the most influential type of theory of well‐being, in terms of desire‐satisfaction, cannot adequately account for the ways in which people often desire what is not good for them.

Keywords: desire‐satisfaction; enjoyment; excellence; the Good; value; well‐being

Chapter.  11194 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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