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p. 776. Beyond happiness: well-beinglocked

p. 776. Beyond happiness: well-beinglocked

  • Daniel M. Haybron


Well-being should not be confused with happiness. Well-being is a matter of value: what is good for us. ‘Beyond happiness: well-being’ considers what we need to attain a sense of well-being. Aristotle's idea of well-being has had a large influence on Western thinking about the topic. Well-being, or eudaimonia, is a complete life of virtuous activity, which means not just moral virtue but human excellence generally. Virtue is extremely important, but many doubt Aristotle's view that virtue necessarily benefits us. Is there a unique set of ‘right’ values that we can aim towards? To some extent, the right answers will be relative to the population in question.

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