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Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life

Neera K. Badhwar


This book offers a new argument for the ancient claim that well-being as the highest prudential good—eudaimonia—consists of happiness in a virtuous life. The argument takes into account recent work on happiness, well-being, and virtue, and defends a neo-Aristotelian conception of virtue as an integrated intellectual–emotional disposition that is limited in both scope and stability. This conception of virtue is argued to be widely held and compatible with social and cognitive psychology. The main argument of the book is as follows: (i) the concept of well-being as the highest prudential good is ... More

Keywords: Well-being, eudaimonia, happiness, prudential, virtue, autonomy, reality-orientation, objective worth, social psychology, cognitive psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195323276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neera K. Badhwar, author
University of Oklahoma