The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life

2015.01.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Bloomfield, The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 253pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.01.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Bloomfield, The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 253pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199827367. Reviewed by Neera K. Badhwar, University of Oklahoma/George Mason University Paul Bloomfield's book is a welcome addition to the recent literature on virtue and happiness, understood as eudaimonia or a Good Life (10). Happiness in this sense refers to a life that is good for the person living it, as distinct from merely a life filled with happy feelings, or a life that feels fulfilling. Bloomfield's aim is to give a new argument for the ancient claim that virtue is partly constitutive of happiness. His central insight is that happiness requires valuing everything, including oneself and others, at their true worth, and that we are virtuous to the extent that we do. In particular, happiness requires self-respect, and self-respect requires respect for others as ends in. . .

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