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Shared Pursuits In Love

Mike W. Martin

in Happiness and the Good Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845217
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933068 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845217.003.0009
Shared Pursuits In Love

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What is involved in the shared pursuit of happiness by couples who love each other, especially within marriages? Marriages are happy insofar as both partners are happy with and within the marriage, and happy marriages contribute to overall happiness. Yet these ideas do not fully capture how marriages are shared pursuits of happiness. To that end, we need to invoke the ideas of shared agency, personal identity, and intimacy between partners who pursue happiness together.

Keywords: happiness; love; marriage; intimacy; shared pursuits; shared identity; shared agency

Chapter.  5324 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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