ISBN : 9780198828846
The Quality of Life: Aristotle Revised presents a philosophical theory about the constituents of human well-being. The principal idea is that what Aristotle calls 'external goods' - wealth, reputation, power - have at most an indirect bearing on the quality of our lives. Starting with Aristotle's thoughts about this topic, Kraut increasingly modifies (and occasionally rejects) that stance. He argues that the way in which we experience the world is what well-being consists in. A good internal life comprises, in part, pleasure but the most valuable aspect of this experience is the quality of our emotional, intellectual, social, and perceptual experiences. These offer the potential for a richer and deeper quality of life than that which is available to many other animals.
1 The Oyster and the Experience Machine: Two Puzzles in Value Theory
2 Well-Being and Ethical Virtue
3 Experientialism and the Experience Machine
4 Well-Being and Time
5 Variations on Aristotelian Themes