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




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


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

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