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Author Kraut, Richard, 1944- author

Title The quality of life : Aristotle revised / Richard Kraut
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Contents 1. The oyster and the experience machine -- 2. Well-being and ethical virtue -- 3. Experientialism and the experience machine -- 4. Well-being and time -- 5. Variations of Aristotelian themes
Summary "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. A good human life is immeasurably better than that of a simple creature that feels only the pleasures of nourishment; even if it felt pleasure for millions of years, human life would be superior. Going against contemporary discussions of well-being, which often appeal to a thought experiment devised by Robert Nozick, Kraut concludes that the quality of our lives consists in the quality of our experiences. While it is held that we must live in 'the real world' to live well and that one's interior life has little or no value on its own, Kraut's interpretation of this thought experiment supports the opposite conclusion."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 13, 2018)
Subject Aristotle -- Criticism and interpretation
Life in literature
Quality of life -- Philosophy
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Life in literature.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
Quality of life.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191867160 (electronic book)
0192563955 (electronic book)
9780191867163 (electronic book)
9780192563958 (electronic book)