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Existential Flourishing: A Phenomenology of the Virtues

McMullin, Irene (2018) Existential Flourishing: A Phenomenology of the Virtues. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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Abstract

By putting existential phenomenology into conversation with virtue ethics, this book offers a new interpretation of human flourishing. It rejects characterizations of flourishing as either a private subjective state or an objective worldly status, arguing that flourishing is rather a successfully negotiated self-world fit – a condition involving both the essential dependence of the self upon the world and others, and the lived normative responsiveness of the agent striving to be in the world well. A central argument of the book is that there is an irreducible normative plurality arising from the different practical perspectives we can adopt – the first, second, and third-person stances – all of which make different kinds of normative claim that we understand ourselves as having reason to meet. Flourishing is human excellence within each of these normative domains (self-fulfillment, moral responsibility, and responsiveness to intersubjective standards) achieved in such a way that success in one domain does not compromise success in another. Existential Flourishing provides a correspondingly transformed interpretation of the virtues as solutions to various existential problems we face in responding to these normative domains. The book also addresses traditional problems in virtue ethics and analyzes the structure of four virtues in detail: justice, patience, modesty, and courage.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Existentialism; Phenomenology; Virtue Ethics; Flourishing; Justice; Patience; Modesty; Courage; Practical Reason; Eudaimonia; Normativity; First-person perspective; Second-person perspective; Third-person perspective
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 16:45
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22031

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