They’re Great—But What Are They?
Achievement is a central element in the best human lives. But just what is achievement and why is it valuable? This chapter sets the question within the context of other philosophical discussions and then develops a preliminary sketch of an account of the nature of achievement. 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.
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