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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 Case for the Network Theory: An Inference to the Best Explanation

The Case for the Network Theory: An Inference to the Best Explanation

(p.108) Chapter 5 The Case for the Network Theory: An Inference to the Best Explanation
The Good Life

Michael A Bishop

Oxford University Press

On the inclusive approach, the case for a theory of well-being will be an inference to the best explanation. This chapter argues that the network theory (NT) explains the scientific and commonsense evidence better than four well-known alternatives—hedonist, informed desire, authentic happiness, and Aristotelian theories. All five competitor theories explain the commonsense evidence reasonably well. But NT is the only theory that organizes and makes sense of the science, Positive Psychology. The other four theories fall victim to either the fitting problem (the challenge of fitting the central construct of a theory to the scientific literature) or the privileging problem (the challenge of organizing and making sense of the startling diversity of research that flies under the banner of Positive Psychology). NT is the best explanation of the totality of the evidence.

Keywords:   hedonism, informed desire theory, authentic happiness theory, Aristotelian theory, network theory, inclusive approach

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