The Felicity we Make or Find

John Kekes

in Enjoyment

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546923
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720109 | DOI:
 The Felicity we Make or Find

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This chapter is about the possibility of living enjoyably in the face of adversity and contingency, without seeking consolation in religious or some version of secular faith. The key is to develop realism about the possibilities and limits of life, much as Madame Goesler, Hume, and Montaigne in their different ways have done. It is also to avoid going wrong in the ways Mishima, Cato, and Cellini have done. There are, of course, many other ways of living realistically and enjoyably, and many other ways of living miserably. The importance of literature for living well is that it allows us to reflect realistically on the possibilities and limits of our contingent circumstances.

Keywords: realism; consolation; faith; contingency; enjoyment; misery

Chapter.  6395 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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