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Plato's Symposium: The Ethics of Desire

Frisbee Sheffield

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199286775
eISBN:
9780191713194
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286775.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book is concerned with Plato's examination of the nature and aims of human desire, and the role that it plays in our ethical lives. For Plato, analysing our desires is a way of reflecting on the ... More


Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism

Fred Feldman

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199265169
eISBN:
9780191601385
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019926516X.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Hedonism is the view that the Good Life is the pleasant life. The central aim of this book is to show that, when carefully and charitably interpreted, certain forms of hedonism yield plausible ... More


Mill, Education, and the Good Life

Philip Kitcher

in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195381245
eISBN:
9780199869213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381245.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Mill used his inaugural address as rector of St. Andrew's University to reflect on the university curriculum. This chapter uses this address as a basis for considering Mill's conception of the good ... More


The Quest for the Good Life

Fred Feldman

in Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199265169
eISBN:
9780191601385
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019926516X.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Attempts to explain more exactly how the author understands the question about ‘the Good Life’. Interprets this to mean something like ‘the life that is good in itself for the one who lives it’ or ... More


What Is the Good Life?

George Rupp

in Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231174282
eISBN:
9780231539869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174282.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

As all of us wrestle with the question of what is the good life, we need to focus not only on individual happiness and accomplishment—on our love and our work—as aims in themselves but also to ... More


Value Judgement: Improving Our Ethical Beliefs

James Griffin

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198752318
eISBN:
9780191597541
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198752318.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The book asks how, and how much, we can improve our ethical standards—not lift our behaviour closer to our standards but refine the standards themselves. To answer this question requires answering ... More


Toleration

Thomas Nagel

in Equality and Partiality

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195098396
eISBN:
9780199870059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195098390.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The most intellectually difficult problem regarding an acceptable partition of motives arises not from conflicts of interest but conflicts over what is truly valuable. Members of a society all ... More


The Contextual Theology of Gülen: Islamic Enlightenment

M. Hakan Yavuz

in Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gülen Movement

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199927999
eISBN:
9780199980543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927999.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter presents Gülen's system of ideas as a “contextual theology” by examining the dialectical relationship between the interpretations of the Qur'an and socioeconomic and political ... More


Poverty and Prosperity

Hannah C. M. Bulloch

in In Pursuit of Progress: Narratives of Development on a Philippine Island

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824858865
eISBN:
9780824873646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824858865.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter introduces Siquijor Island and sketches the socio-economic terrain of the village. It then considers key material markers of development—such as infant formula and concrete block ... More


Emile, Wealth and Wellbeing

Angelica Goodden

in Rousseau's Hand: The Crafting of a Writer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199683833
eISBN:
9780191766190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on Emile and its treatment of themes such as anti-bookishness, handwork, wealth, and wellbeing. Its debt (or otherwise) to Robinson Crusoe is investigated in the context of ... More


The Politics of Networked Individualism

Taylor Dotson

in Technically Together: Reconstructing Community in a Networked World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036382
eISBN:
9780262340861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036382.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter outlines the politics of networked individualism as a social phenomenon, locating the lack of attention to these politics within the discourse surrounding networked individualism in the ... More


Work as a Human Good

Andrea Veltman

in Meaningful Work

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190618179
eISBN:
9780190618209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618179.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter provides an overview of theories of human flourishing and other philosophical conceptions of the good life for human beings. The author draws on Aristotle for a conception of happiness ... More


The New Normal and a Good Life

Eva Feder Kittay

in Learning from My Daughter: The Value and Care of Disabled Minds

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190844608
eISBN:
9780190844639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190844608.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter inquires into the relation between normalcy and the good life. Beginning from a parental desire for a “normal life” for one’s children, it asks in what this desire for normalcy consists, ... More


Just Say No?: Addiction and the Elements of Self-Control

Jeanette Kennett

in Addiction and Self-Control: Perspectives from Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199862580
eISBN:
9780199369638
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862580.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Moral Philosophy

In this chapter I argue that there is a normative aspect to self-control that is not captured by the purely procedural account to be drawn from dual process theories of cognition – which we only ... More


On Valuing and the Good Life

L. Nandi Theunissen

in The Value of Humanity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198832645
eISBN:
9780191871207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198832645.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Theunissen develops the emerging positive proposal by specifying that in virtue of which human beings are relationally valuable. Her starting point is that human value depends on the distinctive ... More


Hedonism and the Ultimate Good

Roger Crisp

in The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780198716358
eISBN:
9780191785047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716358.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter is on Sidgwick’s hedonistic view of the good or well-being. His contrast between ‘imperative’ and ‘attractive’ conceptions of ethics is described and criticized. Sidgwick’s view of what ... More


It Ain’t Necessarily So

Nomy Arpaly

in Oxford Studies in Metaethics 13

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198823841
eISBN:
9780191862625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823841.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics, the virtuous life constitutes or is the main thing required for flourishing or the good life. This chapter argues that while it might be plausible that, ... More


Leaving Oil under the Amazon: The Yasuní-ITT Initiative as a Postpetroleum Model?

Pamela L. Martin

in Ending the Fossil Fuel Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262028806
eISBN:
9780262327077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028806.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

Pamela Martin analyzes one of the world’s leading examples of the politics of keeping oil in the ground: the Yasuní-ITT Initiative of Ecuador, a nationwide effort to leave untouched a portion of ... More


Liberal Neutrality and Civil Marriage

Simon Căbulea May

in After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190205072
eISBN:
9780190205102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205072.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

A powerful objection to civil marriage claims that it violates the principle of liberal neutrality because the institution implies state endorsement of matrimony as an ideal type of personal ... More


Criteria for a Benefits System: The Labour Market, Then, Now, and in the Future

Malcolm Torry

in Money for everyone: Why we need a citizen's income

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781447311249
eISBN:
9781447311287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter tackles the seventh and final criterion for a good benefits system: The tax and benefits structure should reflect the labour market of today, and should remain serviceable as the labour ... More


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