Week 09: Preferences (Desire)

Fulfillment

Fulfillment is a positive gestalt sense of self in relation to others or to the whole, as distinguished from happiness, which is a positive gestalt sense of one’s state of being. Thus, fulfillment is a kind of happiness but a fulfilled life is not necessarily seen as a happy life.
Be the first to comment Read More

Happiness

Health, satisfaction and pleasure feed into happiness. Many people say that happiness is the main goal of life. Others argue that mere happiness is momentary. I am inclined to think there is nothing trifling about happiness and that making people happy is an admirable organizing goal and principle for one’s
Be the first to comment Read More

Longevity

Unless people are miserable, we prefer to live instead of die. Longevity is all our preferences in the dimension of time.
Be the first to comment Read More

Pleasure

“. . . pleasure is the starting point and goal of living blessedly. For we recognized this as our first innate good.” [Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus.] “It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably
Be the first to comment Read More

Satisfaction

When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor. [Euripides] God comes to the hungry in the form of food. [Mahandas Gandhi] May the roof over your head always be strong. [Irish blessing] I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God. [Alan Hovhaness]
Be the first to comment Read More

Health

Philosophers can argue about nearly anything. Has any philosopher ever proposed that people do not desire good health?
Be the first to comment Read More

Preferences – Desire

Without our preferences – our desires – there is no such a thing as morality, ethics or religion. Set in ideas about good and evil, right and wrong, morality implies a set of preferences, such as life over death, as in “Thou shalt not kill.” Similarly, ethics implies an evaluation of conduct
Be the first to comment Read More
  • Categories