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The Good Life and other Philosophical Essays on Human Nature

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The Good Life and other Philosophical Essays on Human Nature by Robert Craig

I believe my long essay, "The Good Life," and the companion essays contain important insights into understanding the difficulties in setting specific prescriptions and proscriptions for normative behavior, for understanding our nature and what is meant by virtuous behavior, and for leading the Good Life. The discussion is developed along five human life modes: health, need to work to satisfy our basic and secondary needs, morality and its quest for equality or fairness, political implementation, and aesthetic and religious experience. It is couched in the understanding that our Good Life must be consistent with our nature, in the Classical Greek sense. My acceptance of rationality, free will, and a moral sense is basic to the discussion, as reason cannot prove reasonableness, and normative discourse cannot occur without this moral sense. I show conflicts among the five categories with examples such as that between the ethical dictum not to kill, and our need to protect our family and us from harm. These conflicts also occur among our virtues, for example that between courage and prudence, and between unrestricted liberty and the quest for equality. The conflicts are confounding, but they do not preclude our elucidating how they ought to be resolved.

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Size: 1.4 MB
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781634188654 (DRM-EPUB)

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