Achievement

2016.10.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gwen Bradford, Achievement, Oxford University Press, 2015, 203pp., $49.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780198714026. Reviewed by Nomy
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2016.10.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gwen Bradford, Achievement, Oxford University Press, 2015, 203pp., $49.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780198714026. Reviewed by Nomy Arpaly, Brown University It is rather curious that philosophers haven't written more about achievement. People who write philosophy books tend to treat their books as achievements, think of themselves as high-achieving or low-achieving, and be struck by such achievement-related diseases as perfectionism and competitiveness. Yet, though we have written about things that are often achievements, this is the first philosophy book I am reading about achievement per se. It is even more curious because of the ubiquity of concern with achievement among people in general. America might be remarkable in its obsession with "success", but psychologists tell us that humans in general, not only ambitious ones, seem to need, if they are to be happy, to have missions in their lives that can be accomplished. . .

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