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Life's Values: Pleasure, Happiness, Well-Being, and Meaning

Alan H. Goldman


This book seeks to explain what is of ultimate value in individual lives. Proposed candidates include pleasure, happiness, meaning, and well-being. Only the last is the all-inclusive category of personal value, and it consists in the satisfaction of deep rational desires. Since individuals’ rational desires differ, the book cannot tell you what will maximize your own well-being, what in particular you ought to pursue, although it can tell you to make your desires rational, that is, informed and coherent. It can also explain the nature of the states that typically enter into well-being: pleasur ... More

Keywords: pleasure, happiness, well-being, meaning, value, motivation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829737
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan H. Goldman, author
Kenan Professor of Humanities Emeritus/Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, College of William & Mary/University of Miami