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Well‐Being

Valerie Tiberius and Alexandra Plakias

in The Moral Psychology Handbook

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199582143
eISBN:
9780191594496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Whether it is to be maximized or promoted as the object of a duty of beneficence, well-being is a vitally important notion in ethical theory. Well-being is a value, but to play the role it has often ... More


Betting on Virtue

Mike W. Martin

in Happiness and the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199845217
eISBN:
9780199933068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845217.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

As Rosalind Hursthouse suggests, the virtues are a good bet in pursuing happiness, albeit by no means a sure bet. Specific virtues contribute to happiness in vastly many ways. As a preliminary ... More


Some Puzzles about Happiness

Fred Feldman

in What Is This Thing Called Happiness?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571178
eISBN:
9780191722547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571178.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Popular reports indicate that some empirical researchers have discovered that the curve of lifetime happiness is U‐shaped; others have discovered that it is inverted U‐shaped; and others have found ... More


Personal and Political

Mike W. Martin

in Happiness and the Good Life

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199845217
eISBN:
9780199933068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845217.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Should laws and government policies be guided by what positive psychologists are discovering about happiness? A number of distinguished thinkers contend that public policy should and will be ... More


Two cheers for virtue: or, might virtue be habit forming? 1

Peter Railton

in Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, Volume 1

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199693269
eISBN:
9780191732058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693269.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Traditional virtue-oriented approaches to ethics suppose that acquiring relatively stable character traits, such as courage and compassion, is crucial in addressing the question of how to be. ... More


Positive Causal Networks and Positive Psychology

Michael A Bishop

in The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199923113
eISBN:
9780190212193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter argues that Positive Psychology is the study of the structure and dynamics of positive causal networks (PCNs). There are six lines of evidence for this hypothesis. First, many ... More


The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being

Michael Bishop

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199923113
eISBN:
9780190212193
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Philosophers defend theories of what well-being is but ignore what psychologists have learned about it. And psychologists learn about well-being but lack a theory of what it is. In The Good Life: ... More


Introduction

Michael A Bishop

in The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199923113
eISBN:
9780190212193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Philosophers who study well-being appear stuck in a never-ending stalemate. And psychologists who study well-being appear incapable of providing a clear account of their discipline, Positive ... More


Conclusion

Michael A Bishop

in The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199923113
eISBN:
9780190212193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter summarizes the three main ideas put forward in this book: the inclusive approach to the study of well-being, the hypothesis that Positive Psychology is the study of the structure and ... More


Conclusion: How Stubborn Is Moral Responsibility?

Bruce N. Waller

in The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262028165
eISBN:
9780262327404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028165.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Though the moral responsibility system is deeply entrenched, there are forces that challenge and threaten that system. Social democratic corporatist culture is an attractive alternative to the ... More


Conclusion: Shame and the Other Bugs in the Garden

Krista K. Thomason

in Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190843274
eISBN:
9780190843304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190843274.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The conclusion summarizes the main aims of the book. Even though shame can be a painful and damaging emotion, we would still not be better off without it. A continued liability to shame shows that we ... More


Introduction

Bart Schultz

in The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691154770
eISBN:
9781400884957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book presents biographical/philosophical sketches of the founders of classical utilitarianism such as William Godwin, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Henry Sidgwick. The great irony of the ... More


Giving Isn’t Demanding

William MacAskill, Andreas Mogensen, and Toby Ord

in The Ethics of Giving: Philosophers' Perspectives on Philanthropy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190648879
eISBN:
9780190648909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190648879.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Peter Singer argues that middle-class members of affluent countries have an obligation to give away almost all their income to fight poverty in the developing world. Others, however, argue that this ... More


Conclusion

Valerie Tiberius

in Well-Being as Value Fulfillment: How We Can Help Each Other to Live Well

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198809494
eISBN:
9780191846830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198809494.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The conclusion emphasizes two themes. First, that people’s systems of values are complex and involve many interrelationships among various values and standards of fulfillment. Second, that because of ... More


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