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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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Objections to the Network Theory

Objections to the Network Theory

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(p.184) Chapter 7 Objections to the Network Theory
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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/9780199923113.003.0008

This chapter considers three objections to the network theory (NT). The first is that it has counterintuitive implications. For example, a sad person might instantiate a PCN and so, according to NT, have well-being. While NT has implications some people will find counterintuitive, the inclusive approach recommends the theory that best explains the totality of the evidence, and that theory is NT. The second objection springs from Thomas Scanlon’s argument that the concept of well-being is useless for first-person deliberation. NT explains the power and the flaw in Scanlon’s argument. The third objection is that NT cannot account for the normativityof well-being, for why it is valuable. There are many different views about the nature of value. On some plausible views about the nature of normativity, NT can explain the value of well-being. But on other views of normativity, NT cannot explain the value of well-being. But these conceptions of normativity are too controversial to seriously threaten NT.

Keywords:   well-being, network theory, normativity, value

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