The Quest for the Good Life

Fred Feldman

in Pleasure and the Good Life

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199265169
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601385 | DOI:
 The Quest for the Good Life

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Attempts to explain more exactly how the author understands the question about ‘the Good Life’. Interprets this to mean something like ‘the life that is good in itself for the one who lives it’ or ‘the life high in individual welfare’. So the question is: what feature (or features) ultimately make a person's life go well for that person? Some popular views about the Good Life are discussed. These include eudaimonism, preferentism, perfectionism, and pluralism. Sketches these views and briefly indicates why he think they are unsatisfactory. This leaves hedonism.

Keywords: happiness; hedonism; intrinsic value; pain; perfectionism; pleasure; preference; satisfaction; the Good Life; welfare

Chapter.  6805 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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