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A Great and Rare Art

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/9780199546923.003.0005
 A Great and Rare Art

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The enjoyment of one's life depends on the favorable personal evaluation of its style composed of one's attitude, manner, and dominant activities. Enjoyable lives that meet these conditions may still be more or less admirable or deplorable. Personal evaluation combines internal and external reasons, both of which are illustrated by the case of Sisyphus as discussed by Taylor and Feinberg. The rejection of external reasons by Williams, McDowell, Lovibond, and others is discussed and criticized. External reasons derive from human nature. The lives of the Bible's King David and Joyce's Stephen are discussed as cases in point.

Keywords: styles of life; external reasons; internal reasons; personal evaluation; Sisyphus; Wittgenstein; Williams; Mcdowell; Joyce; Taylor; human nature; Feinberg

Chapter.  7773 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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