Constructing a Good Life

in Journal of Moral Philosophy
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In The Value of Living Well, Mark LeBar develops a position that he calls “virtue eudaimonism” (ve). ve is both a eudaimonistic theory of practical reasoning and a constructivist account of the metaphysics of value. In this essay, I will explain the core of LeBar’s view and focus on two issues, one concerning ve’s eudaimonism and the other concerning ve’s constructivism. I will argue that, as it stands, ve does not adequately address the charge of egoism, once that charge has been formulated in the strongest way. I will also argue that a substantive constructivism like ve must have considerably less explanatory power than any (successful) constructivism that appeals to a formal characterization of agency. Although my remarks are largely critical, I offer them in a spirit of sympathetic engagement with LeBar’s impressive book.

Constructing a Good Life

in Journal of Moral Philosophy

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Christopher Toner“Virtue Ethics and the Nature and Forms of Egoism” Journal of Philosophical Research Vol 35 (2010) 275–303.

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Street“What is Constructivism in Ethics and Metaethics?” 369. Italics in original.

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