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Gwen Bradford


Achievement is a central element in the best human lives. But just what is achievement? And why is achievement valuable? Achievements have a common structure: a process culminates in a product. But of course not just any process and product together makes an achievement. The process of an achievement is difficult, and it culminates in the product in a way that is competent. These two elements—difficulty and competent causation—are the two essential features of achievements, and are also sources of value for all achievements. The best account to capture their value is a perfectionist theory, ac ... More

Keywords: achievement, difficulty, competence, perfectionism, organic unity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gwen Bradford, author
Rice University, Houston

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