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What is good and why : the ethics of well-being

Author: Richard Kraut
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
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What is good, how do we know, and how important is it? In this book, one of our most respected analytical philosophers reorients these questions around the notion of what causes human beings to flourish. Observing that we can sensibly address what is good for plants and animals no less than what is good for people, Kraut applies a general principle to the entire living world: what is good for complex organisms  Read more...
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Kraut, Richard, 1944-
What is good and why.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
(DLC) 2006049655
(OCoLC)71004583
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Kraut
ISBN: 9780674027084 0674027086 978-3-11-044220-5 978-3-11-045951-7
OCLC Number: 451207319
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 286 pages)
Contents: In search of good --
A Socratic question --
Flourishing and well-being --
Mind and value --
Utilitarianism --
Rawls and the priority of the right --
Right, wrong, should --
The elimination of moral rightness --
Rules and good --
Categorical imperatives --
Conflicting interests --
Whose good? The egoist's answer --
Whose good? The utilitarian's answer --
Self-denial, self-love, universal concern --
Pain, self-love, and altruism --
Agent-neutrality and agent-relativity --
Good, conation, and pleasure --
"Good" and "good for" --
"Good for" and advantage --
"Good that" and "Bad that" --
Pleasure and advantage --
Good for S that P --
The "for" of "good for" --
Plants, animals, humans --
Ross on human nature --
The perspectival reading of "good for" --
The conative approach to well-being --
Abstracting from the content of desires and plans --
The faulty mechanisms of desire formation --
Infants and adults --
The conation of an ideal self --
The appeal of the conative theory --
Conation hybridized --
Strict hedonism --
Hedonism diluted --
Prolegomenon to flourishing --
Development and flourishing: the general theory --
Development and flourishing: the human case --
More examples of what is good --
Appealing to nature --
Sensory un-flourishing --
Affective flourishing and un-flourishing --
Hobbes on tranquility and restlessness --
Flourishing and un-flourishing as a social being --
Cognitive flourishing and un-flourishing --
Sexual flourishing and un-flourishing --
Too much and too little --
Comparing lives and stages of life --
Adding goods: Rawls's principle of inclusiveness --
Art, science, and culture --
Self-sacrifice --
The vanity of fame --
The vanity of wealth --
Making others worse-off --
Virtues and flourishing --
The good of autonomy --
What is good and why --
The sovereignty of good --
The importance of what is good for us --
Good's insufficiency --
Promises --
Retribution --
Cosmic justice --
Social justice --
Pure antipaternalism --
Moral space and giving aid --
Slavery --
Torture --
Moral rightness revisited --
Lying --
Honoring the dead --
Meaningless goals and symbolic value --
Good-independent realms of value --
Good thieves and good human beings --
Final thoughts.
Responsibility: Richard Kraut.
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What is good? How can we know, and how important is it? This book reorients these questions around the notion of what causes human beings to flourish - that is, what is good for us. It advocates a  Read more...

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