Eudaimonic Ethics: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well

2014.10.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lorraine Besser-Jones, Eudaimonic Ethics: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well, Routledge, 2014, 183pp., $140.00 (hbk),
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2014.10.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lorraine Besser-Jones, Eudaimonic Ethics: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well, Routledge, 2014, 183pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415728164. Reviewed by Sven Nyholm, University of Cologne With just 168 pages of running text, this is a fairly slim volume. Even so, Lorraine Besser-Jones presents remarkably rich interlocking accounts of human well-being, character, and virtue. These are, in turn, built from more basic parts, which systematically fit together like the pieces of a puzzle, and draw on themes from ancient Greek philosophy as well as contemporary empirical psychology. I will first describe the various elements of Besser-Jones's theory, doing my best to roughly sketch the overall picture she carefully paints, and then offer a few criticisms. The foundation of Besser-Jones's theory is an account of human nature she imports from "self-determination theory," as developed by psychologists like. . .

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