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Author McFall, Lynne, 1948-

Title Happiness / Lynne McFall.

Published New York : P. Lang, 1996.

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 UniM Bail  170 MCFA    AVAILABLE
Physical description p. cm.
Series Studies in moral philosophy ; vol. 1
Notes Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Pittsburgh, 1982.
Bibliography Bibliography: p.
Contents I. Introduction -- II. Three Conceptions of Happiness. The Meanings of "Happiness" Contentment, Affirmation, and Justified Affirmation. Objectivism versus Subjectivism -- III. The Importance of Importance: Affirmation and the Concept of a Person. Affirming One's Life. On Being a Person. Contentment, Affirmation, and Justification -- IV. Happiness and Rationality: An Assessment of Subjectivism. A Subjectivist Account of Value. Critical Assessment of the Account. Affirming One's Life as a Whole -- V. Between Subjectivism and Objectivism: Rational Individual Ideals. Happiness, Value, and Reality. Affirmation and Irrational Ends. Value-Constitutive Goods -- VI. Justice and Happiness: A Reply to Thrasymachus. Valuing x for Its Own Sake as a Means to y. The Improbable Profit of Injustice. Why the Sceptic is So Boring -- VII. Conclusion: Some Remarks on Radical Objectivism.
Summary What is happiness? McFall distinguishes three conceptions: contentment, affirmation, and justified affirmation of one's life; she focuses on the third. After proposing accounts of personhood and affirmation, she argues that both subjectivism and radical objectivism are, as standards of justification, incoherent. She defends a modified objectivist view, concluding that happiness is rational affirmation of one's life as a whole.
Subject Happiness.
ISBN 0820407119 : $45.00