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The Quality of Life: Aristotle Revised

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2020.06.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Kraut, The Quality of Life: Aristotle Revised, Oxford University Press, 2018, 249pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198828846. Reviewed by Jeff McMahan, University of Oxford The Stoics believed, or tried to believe, that well-being consists solely in virtue. Yet whether our experiences are good or bad, or satisfying or aversive, cannot be irrelevant to our well-being. Indeed, according to Richard Kraut, our well-being consists entirely in the quality of our experience. This view, which he calls "experientialism," is, like hedonism, an objective account of well-being. But, unlike hedonism, it is not monistic. While hedonists claim that well-being is entirely a matter of pleasurable experience, experientialism recognizes a great variety of forms of experience that contribute to our well-being. According to Kraut, many of the experiences that are important elements of our well-being derive from, or perhaps consist in, the development and exercise of our natural powers as human... Read More

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