Morality of Happiness

ISBN-10: 0195096525
ISBN-13: 9780195096521
Edition: N/A
Authors: Julia Annas
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/13/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics--and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories. In this book, Annas brings together the results of a wide-ranging study of ancient ethical philosophy and presents it in a way that is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in ancient or modern ethics. She examines the fundamental notions of happiness and virtue, the role of nature in ethical justification and the relation between concern for self and concern for others. Her careful examination of the ancient debates and arguments shows that many widespread assumptions about ancient ethics are quite mistaken. Ancient ethical theories are not egoistic, and do not depend for their acceptance on metaphysical theories of a teleological kind. Most centrally, they are recognizably theories of morality, and the ancient disputes about the place of virtue in happiness can be seen as akin to modern disputes about the demands of morality.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Basic Ideas
Making Sense of My Life as a Whole
The Virtues
Justification and the Appeal to Nature
Nature and Naturalism
Aristole: Nature and Mere Nature
The Stoics: Human Nature and the Point of View of the Universe
Antiochus: the Intuitive View
The Epicureans: Rethinking What is Natural
The Sceptics: Accepting What is Natural
Uses of Nature
The Good Life and the Good Lives of Others
The Good of Others
Finding Room for Other-Concern
Self-Concern and the Sources and Limits of Other-Concern
Justice
Self-Interest and Morality
Revising Your Priorities
Happiness, Success and What Matters
Epicurus: Virtue, Pleasure and Time
The Sceptics: Untroubledness Without Belief
Aristotle: an Unstable View
Theophrastus and the Stoics: Forcing the Issue
Aristotelian Responses
Happiness and the Demands of Virtue
Conclusion
Morality, Ancient and Modern
Cast of Characters
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Index Locorum
General Index

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