The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being

2015.11.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael A. Bishop, The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being, Oxford University Press, 2015, 235pp.,
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2015.11.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael A. Bishop, The Good Life: Unifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being, Oxford University Press, 2015, 235pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199923113. Reviewed by Dan Haybron, Saint Louis University We're going to need a bigger taxonomy. At least, that's how it looks to this reviewer. For a very long time, the Western philosophical literature on well-being chugged along with a reasonably familiar menu of options: in the most familiar telling (Parfit 1984), hedonism, desire theories, and "objective list" theories. We might quibble with certain details of this reckoning, but however we want to divide things up, the debates about well-being have continued to center on more or less the same basic theoretical options. Then L.W. Sumner tossed a wrench in the works with his influential "authentic happiness" account (1996), which does not fit readily into any of the standard classificatory schemes. There. . .

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