[SydPhil] Notification: Graham Oddie @ Wed 11 Oct 2017 13:00 - 14:00 (Seminars)

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Title: Graham Oddie
What is so good about being happy?

Happiness and well-being have both played a rich role in the history of  
value theory and ethics.  According to prominent versions of utilitarianism  
happiness and/or well-being is what we have a moral obligation to promote  
or even maximize.  Despite the centrality of these concepts, there is no  
general consensus about what either happiness or well-being consist in, or  
exactly what the relationship between them is.  I take my cue from a  
broadly Meinongian theory of emotions, as mental states that involve  
presentations of value.  This theory yields a rather natural account of  
happiness and its relation to well-being.  This yields an answer to the  
question that is the title of this talk.  However, this answer may come as  
a surprise to some.  It turns out that happiness is not an intrinsically  
good thing, and, even if consequentialism is correct, we have no obligation  
to pursue it or promote it, let alone to maximize it.
When: Wed 11 Oct 2017 13:00 – 14:00 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
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