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Reflective Life Living Wisely with Our Limits

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ISBN-10: 0199575606

ISBN-13: 9780199575602

Edition: 2010

Authors: Valerie Tiberius

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What can we do to live life wisely? You might think that the answer would be to think and reflect more. But this is not Valerie Tiberius's answer. On her view, when we really take account of what we are like - when we recognize our psychological limits - we will see that too much thinking and reflecting is bad for us. Instead, we need to think and reflect better. This means that we need to develop wisdom: we need to care about things that will sustain us and give us goodexperiences, we need to have perspective on our successes and failures, and we need to be moderately self-aware and cautiously optimistic about human nature. Further, we need to know when to think about our values, character, and choices, and when not to. A crucial part of wisdom, Tiberius maintains, isknowing when to stop reflecting and get lost in the experience.The Reflective Life also considers the issue of how to philosophize about how to live. A recent trend in moral philosophy has been toward what is sometimes called 'empirically informed ethics'. This methodology has not yet caught on in normative ethics, primarily because we cannot conclude anything about what ought to be the case from the facts about what is. Tiberius agrees that this leap should be avoided, but argues that empirical psychology can inform our philosophical theoriesin interesting ways.
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Book details

List price: $27.49
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The Reflective Life and Reflective Values
Introduction
Living Well and Your Point of View
Process and Goal: Why Start with the First-Person Point of View?
Aristotle and Virtue
A Road Map
Reflective Values
Value Commitments and Justification
Reflective Values
The Justification of Reflective Values: Some Concerns
Conclusion: Values and the Challenges of Modern Life
Wisdom and Perspective
Wisdom and Flexibility
A Reflective Conception of a Good Life
The Limits of Reflection and the Importance of Shifting Perspectives
Attentional Flexibility
Wisdom and Rationality
Conclusion
Perspective
Having Perspective: Some Examples
Perspective and Reflective Values
Refining the Account of Perspective
The Value of Perspective
Conclusion
Self-Awareness
The Scope and Limits of Self-Knowledge
Acquiring Self-Knowledge
Moderate Self-Awareness: Habits and Skills
The Value of Self-Awareness
Conclusion
Optimism
Preliminaries: Endorsement and Virtue
The Value of Being Realistic
Cynicism
Realistic Optimism
The Value of Optimism
Conclusion
Beyond The First-Person Point of View
Morality and the Reflective Life
Reflective Virtues and Moral Agency
Wise Decisions and Value Conflicts
Some Problems: Discretion, Complacency, and Intractable Conflicts
Conclusion
Normativity and Ethical Theory
Arbitrariness and the Desire to Live Well
Contingency
The Painter and the Anatomist
Conclusion
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index