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The Good LifeUnifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being$
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Michael Bishop

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199923113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.001.0001

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The Inclusive Approach to the Study of Well-Being

The Inclusive Approach to the Study of Well-Being

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(p.14) Chapter 2 The Inclusive Approach to the Study of Well-Being
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The Good Life
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Michael A Bishop

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.003.0003

The traditional approach to the study of well-being holds that a theory of well-being must capture our commonsense judgments. But because different philosophers have different commonsense judgments, the traditional approach has led to dissensus. The inclusive approach breaks this logjam by introducing a new source of evidence—science. Start with an assumption of basic respect. When philosophers theorize about well-being and when psychologists investigate well-being, they’re both reasonably close to the truth. This means that well-being—the real thing, whatever it is—will express itself in their labors. The correct theory of well-being will make it true that when philosophers theorize about well-being, they’re theorizing about well-being, even if they have some of the details wrong. And it will make it true that when psychologists investigate well-being, they’re investigating well-being, even if they have some of the details wrong. The trick is to figure out what they’re allroughly right about.

Keywords:   Traditional approach, inclusive approach, commonsense judgments

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