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Pursuing our Own Good

John Kekes

in Enjoyment

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546923
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720109 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546923.003.0002
 Pursuing our Own Good

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Enjoyment of one's life consists in pursuing our own good in our own way. Personal evaluation of the available possibilities on the basis of what is most important to oneself is a means to it. It leads to a complex attitude formed of beliefs, emotions, and motives expressing one's deepest concerns. Attitudes may be coherent or incoherent, reasonable or unreasonable. The attitudes of detached contemplation, creative inwardness, and shibumi are critically considered.

Keywords: attitudes; coherence; personal evaluation; Koestler; Proust; Shibumi

Chapter.  7086 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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