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The Good Life?

The various meanings of “living well” What is “the good life”?  This is one of the oldest philosophical questions.  It has been posed in different ways–How should one live?  What does it mean to “live well”?– but these are really just  the same question   After all, everyone wants to live well, and no-one wants “the bad life.” But the question isn’t as simple as it sounds.  Philosophers specialize in unpacking hidden complexities, and the concept of the good life is one of those that needs quite a bit of unpacking.   For what do phrases like “the good life,” or “living well,” mean.  They can be understood in at least three ways. 1.  THE MORAL LIFE One basic way in which we use the word “good” is to express moral approval.  So when we say that someone is living well or that they have lived a good life, we may simply mean that they are a good person, someone who is courageous, honest, trustworthy, kind, selfless, generous, helpful, loyal, principled, and so on.  They possess …