Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life

2014.10.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Neera K. Badhwar, Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 264pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.10.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Neera K. Badhwar, Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 264pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780195323276. Reviewed by Jean Kazez, Southern Methodist University Must we be good to live good lives, as many ancient philosophers believed? It's an attractive idea. If that were so, we could answer the question "Why be moral?" We could also think that bad people automatically receive their just deserts to the extent that being bad makes their lives worse for them as well as for others. Unfortunately, though, the arguments of the ancients aren't entirely convincing. One can't help but wonder whether personal well-being is really bound up with moral virtue or, rather, this is just a beautiful idea, or a product of wishful thinking, or a remnant of Greek high-mindedness. Neera Badhwar aims to make a compelling case that personal well-being -- the highest prudential good, as she calls it. . .

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