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The Value of Living Well$
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Mark LeBar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931118.001.0001

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Challenges to the Structure

Challenges to the Structure

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(p.33) 2 Challenges to the Structure
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The Value of Living Well
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Mark LeBar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931118.003.0002

This chapter considers what objections there might be to such a framework. The most notable of these is some form of pluralism. The chapter argues that much debate about pluralism stems from the plausibility of thinking we have plural final ends—ends which give us reason to undertake action for their sake. But this form of pluralism is compatible with monism about an Ultimate End—an end for the sake of which we do all we do, even seeking other final ends for their own sake. Thus, the chapter argues that there is no obvious reason to reject the framework Aristotle proposed.

Keywords:   final ends, pluralism, Isaiah Berlin, coherence, monism

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