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No Rest for the Wicked? Symposium on Irene McMullin's Existential Flourishing

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Original languageEnglish
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Mar 2020

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Irene McMullin’s Existential Flourishing (Cambridge University Press, 2018) weaves together virtue ethics and existential phenomenology: the influence of Heidegger and Levinas, in particular, is clear throughout. This paper provides a summary of McMullin’s elegantly argued position and raises a number of possible concerns, particularly regarding the interaction of Aristotelian and Phenomenological assumptions. I focus specifically on the role of the 2nd-person perspective, on the links between exemplars and socialisation, and on the problem of those who, as Nietzsche put it, “are both evil and happy–a species on which the moralists are silent.

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