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The Importance of Manner

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/9780199546923.003.0004
 The Importance of Manner

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Manner is important to good lives when it reflects one's individuality. Carlo Levi's manner did that, because his attitude to what he most deeply cared about was coherent, and he lived an enjoyable life under difficult circumstances. Swift's manner did not, because his attitude was incoherent, and he lived miserably under favorable circumstances. The adequacy of attitudes depends on their coherence, realism, and endurance.

Keywords: attitudes; coherence; realism; endurance; individuality; dominant activities; Levi; Swift

Chapter.  7838 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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