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The Virtues of Happiness: A Theory of the Good Life

Paul Bloomfield


The book’s goal is to justify morality by arguing both that it is harmful to oneself to immorally harm others, and that living as happily as possible is achieved by living as virtuously as possible. It starts by showing how morality and self-interest are not conceptually at odds, and two arguments are given, one ontological and the other epistemological, for the conclusion that immorality harms its perpetrators’ self-respect, and thereby their happiness. An examination ensues of a developmental theory of practical rationality, wherein we learn to value what truly contributes to happiness by fi ... More

Keywords: morality, self-interest, egoism, eudaimonism, virtue theory, practical rationality, love, wisdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199827367
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Bloomfield, author
University of Connecticut

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