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Reason, Morality, and LawThe Philosophy of John Finnis$
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John Keown and Robert P. George

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675500.001.0001

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Finnis on Well-being

Finnis on Well-being

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Reason, Morality, and Law

Roger Crisp

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines John Finnis' neo-Aristotelian and objective conception of what makes a life good for a person, or well-being. It is argued that, pace Finnis himself, Finnis is in fact a philosophical intuitionist, but that he should welcome such foundationalism. Each of Finnis' ‘basic goods’ is discussed: knowledge, life, play, aesthetic experience, sociability, practical reasonableness, and religion. The chapter ends with defences of hedonism against Finnis' objections, and of a form of Pyrrhonist scepticism.

Keywords:   John Finnis, well-being, basic goods, hedonism, disagreement, Pyrrhonism

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