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Existential Flourishing
A Phenomenology of the Virtues

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  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108576819

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  • This innovative volume argues that flourishing is achieved when individuals successfully balance their responsiveness to three kinds of normative claim: self-fulfilment, moral responsibility, and intersubjective answerability. Applying underutilised resources in existential phenomenology, Irene McMullin reconceives practical reason, addresses traditional problems in virtue ethics, and analyses four virtues: justice, patience, modesty, and courage. Her central argument is that there is an irreducible normative plurality arising from the different practical perspectives we can adopt - the first-, second-, and third-person stances - which each present us with different kinds of normative claim. Flourishing is human excellence within each of these normative domains, achieved in such a way that success in one does not compromise success in another. The individual virtues are solutions to specific existential challenges we face in attempting to do so. This book will be important for anyone working in the fields of moral theory, existential phenomenology, and virtue ethics.

    • Presents a new interpretation of the meaning of 'flourishing' (eudaimonia) which challenges traditional models
    • Brings existential phenomenology into conversation with virtue ethics, aiding our understanding of moral agency
    • Explores four key virtues - justice, modesty, patience, and courage - and provides descriptive and functional analysis of each concept
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108576819
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. What is flourishing?
    2. Three domains of reason
    3. Justice, the virtues, and existential problem-solving
    4. Unity, comparison, constraint
    5. Called to be oneself: role models and the project of becoming virtuous
    6. Corrupting the youth
    7. Patience
    8. Modesty
    9. Courage
    Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Irene McMullin, University of Essex
    Irene McMullin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex. She is the author of Time and the Shared World (2013) as well as of numerous articles in journals including Philosophical Review, European Journal of Philosophy, Kantian Review, and Philosophical Topics.

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