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The Philosophy of Well-Being: An Introduction

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The Philosophy of Well-Being: An Introduction by Guy Fletcher

Well-being occupies a central role in ethics and political philosophy, including in major theories such as utilitarianism. It also extends far beyond philosophy: recent studies into the science and psychology of well-being have propelled the topic to centre stage, and governments spend millions on promoting it. We are encouraged to adopt modes of thinking and behaviour that support individual well-being or 'wellness'.

What is well-being? Which theories of well-being are most plausible? In this rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the topic, Guy Fletcher unpacks and assesses these questions and many more, including:

    • Are pleasure and pain the only things that affect well-being?
    • Is desire-fulfilment the only thing that makes our lives go well?
    • Can something be good for someone who does not desire it?
    • Is well-being fundamentally connected to a distinctive human nature?
    • Is happiness all that makes our lives go well?
    • Is death necessarily bad for us?
    • How is the well-being of a whole life related to well-being at particular times?

      Annotated further reading and study and comprehension questions follow each chapter, and a glossary of key terms is also included, making The Philosophy of Well-Being essential reading for students of ethics and political philosophy. This title is also suitable for those in related disciplines such as psychology, politics and sociology.

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      Ebook Details
      Pages: 184
      Size: 1.6 MB
      Publisher: Routledge
      Date published:   2016
      ISBN: 9781317594833 (EPUB)
      9781317594840 (PDF)

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