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Appearing Moral

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines the empirical connection between a person's moral character and happiness. More specifically, it considers whether maximizing happiness could result not from being moral but ... More


God and Morality

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines the idea that we should act morally in accord with God's will, even if doing so is likely to lead to personal unhappiness. Most people, out of either fear or respect, would wish ... More


Living Well

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0022
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines the views of Epicurus and Koheleth about living well. Epicurus and Koheleth both urge acting ethically. Epicurus understands justice to be “a pledge of mutual advantage to ... More


Morality and Happiness

Steven M. Cahn and Christine Vitrano

in Happiness and Goodness: Philosophical Reflections on Living Well

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172400
eISBN:
9780231539364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172400.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines the connection between morality and happiness. Some philosophers, echoing Plato, have argued that those who are moral are happy, and those who are happy are moral. Among the ... More


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