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p. 917. Getting outside oneself: virtue and meaninglocked

  • Daniel M. Haybron

Abstract

There is no guarantee that immorality won't sometimes make a person happier, or better off, than morality. But does the philosophical notion of the priority of virtue hold? ‘Getting outside oneself: virtue and meaning’ examines what we mean by a virtuous life and why philosophers place so much emphasis on it. Besides the importance of morality, acting and living well go far beyond moral goodness. We don't just admire people for being good, but also for exercising homely virtues such as friendliness, wit, or resilience. Another crucial part of living well has to do with meaning: being connected to people and things that matter. Happiness is part of human well-being and beyond well-being, it is important to act well.

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