The Philosophy of Well-Being : An Introduction, Paperback Book


Well-being occupies a central role in ethics and political philosophy, including in major theories such as utilitarianism.

It also extends far beyond philosophy: recent studies into the science and psychology of well-being have propelled the topic to centre stage, and governments spend millions on promoting it.

We are encouraged to adopt modes of thinking and behaviour that support individual well-being or 'wellness'.

What is well-being? Which theories of well-being are most plausible? In this rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the topic, Guy Fletcher unpacks and assesses these questions and many more, including: * Are pleasure and pain the only things that affect well-being? * Is desire-fulfilment the only thing that makes our lives go well? * Can something be good for someone who does not desire it? * Is well-being fundamentally connected to a distinctive human nature? * Is happiness all that makes our lives go well? * Is death necessarily bad for us? * How is the well-being of a whole life related to well-being at particular times?Annotated further reading and study and comprehension questions follow each chapter, and a glossary of key terms is also included, making The Philosophy of Well-Being essential reading for students of ethics and political philosophy.

This title is also suitable for those in related disciplines such as psychology, politics and sociology.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 184 pages, 6 black & white tables
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781138818354



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