Worth as Attached to General Features of Life

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199217366
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728495 | DOI:
Worth as Attached to General Features of Life

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This chapter turns from specific activities that people ordinarily regard as making life worth living to general features of life that philosophers have proposed might make all lives worthwhile (at least if they are virtuous). Attempts to equate worth with pleasure, or with “happiness” or “well-being,” are reviewed, as well as various subjectivist views of worth. All are found inadequate as answers to the prompting scenarios of Chapter 1. All are found inadequate, therefore, as accounts of how the word “worth” must function, if we are to answer “Is life worth living?” in the affirmative.

Keywords: Bernard Williams; existentialism; pleasure; happiness; well-being; subjectivism; stoicism

Chapter.  9247 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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