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Enjoyment: The Moral Significance of Styles of Life

John Kekes


The book examines the indispensable role enjoyment plays in a good life. The key to it is the development of a style of life that combines an attitude and a manner of living and acting that jointly express one's deepest concerns. Since such styles vary with characters and circumstances, understanding them requires attending to the particular and concrete details of individual lives. The first half of the book explains and illustrates these components of enjoyable lives. The second half is a detailed examination of enjoyable lives of integrity, reflectiveness, and self-direction, and miserable ... More

Keywords: morality, good life, pluralism, moral importance of literature, reason, individuality, particularity, personal evaluation, projects

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kekes, author
Professor Emeritus, University at Albany, SUNY
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