Well-Being Lecture Series: Guy Fletcher, February 21, 2017

The Happiness & Well-Being Project is pleased to announce the third lecture in the Well-Being Lecture Series at Saint Louis University:

Guy Fletcher

(University of Edinburgh) 

"Is Well-Being Normative?"

Philosophers have long thought about which things make lives go well, and why, and the extent to which morality and self-interest can be reconciled. By contrast, we have spent little time self-consciously examining well-being discourse (thought and talk about e.g. what is good or bad for someone, or what they prudentially ought to do). This is quite surprising given that this discourse is, at least prima facie, a normative form of discourse and this kind of discourse cries out for investigation of how exactly it functions and whether it has problematic presuppositions. In this paper I take a first step towards doing this by exploring and assessing various claims that might be expressed by the slogan well-being is normative.

Saint Louis University, Xavier Hall 332

Date & Time:
February 21, 2017, at 3:00 PM. 

A reception will follow in the first-floor common area of Adorjan Hall