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Well-Being as Value Fulfillment By Valerie Tiberius (Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, University of Minnesota)

Summary

What is well-being? This is one of humanity's oldest and deepest questions; Valerie Tiberius offers a fresh answer. She argues that our lives go well to the extent that we succeed in what matters to us emotionally, reflectively, and over the long term. So when we want to help others achieve well-being, we should pay attention to their values.

Well-Being as Value Fulfillment Summary

Well-Being as Value Fulfillment: How We Can Help Each Other to Live Well by Valerie Tiberius (Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, University of Minnesota)

What is human well-being? Valerie Tiberius argues that our lives go well to the extent that we succeed in terms of what matters to us emotionally, reflectively, and over the long term. In other words, well-being consists in fulfilling or realizing our appropriate values over time. In the first half of the book, Tiberius sets out the theory of well-being as value fulfilment. She explains what valuing is and what it is to fulfill values over time. In the second half of the book she applies the theory to the problem of how to help others, particularly our friends. We don't always know how to provide the help we know others need; but we also have the problem of knowing what help they need in the first place, and this is a problem that requires ethical thinking. Tiberius argues that when we want to help others achieve greater well-being, we should pay attention to their values. This entails attending to how others' values fit together, how they understand what it means to succeed in terms of these values, and how things could change for them over time. Being a good and helpful friend, then, requires cultivating some habits of humility that overcome our tendency to think we know what's good for other people without really understanding what it's like to be them.

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There is much to like in Tiberius' perceptive explorations: the quest for well-being - a friend's or one's own - can be complicated business, and she carefully develops many thoughtful recommendations to conduct it, well informed by contemporary psychological research on well-being and other relevant matters. . . . the book's richness also resides in the practical wisdom it imparts * Bernard Reginster, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Well-Being as Value Fulfillment is a pensive look at the fraught topic of helping our friends-a topic so quotidian that it would be at home on a flyer in the waiting room of a doctor's office. Yet Tiberius expounds on the complexity that often leaves us mired in conflicts as we try to help-and fail. She explains with sensitivity and verbosity the importance of coming to understand what matters to ourselves and others, and being alert enough to respect the difference between the two. * Katherine Oktober Matthews, Riding the Dragon *

About Valerie Tiberius (Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, University of Minnesota)

Valerie Tiberius is the Paul W. Frenzel Chair in Liberal Arts and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Minnesota. Her work explores the ways in which philosophy and psychology can both contribute to the study of well-being and virtue. She is the author of The Reflective Life: Living Wisely With Our Limits (Oxford 2008), and Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge 2015). She has also published numerous articles on the topics of virtue, well-being, and the relationship between positive psychology and ethics, and has received grants from the Templeton Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction 2: The Value Fulfillment Theory of Well-Being 3: What is Value Fulfillment? 4: Assessing Well-Being: Value Fulfillment Theory in Practice 5: Being a Good Friend 6: Conclusion

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NGR9780198809494
9780198809494
0198809492
Well-Being as Value Fulfillment: How We Can Help Each Other to Live Well by Valerie Tiberius (Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, University of Minnesota)
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2018-11-01
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