The Good Life: Various Views and Ways to Achieve It Essay

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The Good Life: Various Views and Ways to Achieve It
PHI200: Mind and Machine
The Good Life: Various Views and Ways to Achieve It Money, clothes, cars, houses, and even marriage – these are all things that some may consider to determine whether or not they are living the “good life.” Others may view the good life as being able to enjoy nature every day, being able to run and jump, or even being able to read as many books as they please. Whatever one’s view of having or living the good life may be, there are certain assets or factors in their lives that makes them believe that their lives are good. There are also certain things they did, qualities they possess or steps they took to get to their good-life status. Different people
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This definition states that being able to satisfy one’s desires or preferences is what living the good life is all about. Under this definition, the only way to achieve good-life status is to truly satisfy your desires or to have whatever it is that you prefer. (Sandoe, 1999). For example, if a woman needed steel-toed boots to work in at her job in order to keep her job, and she was only happy buying the most expensive steel-toe boots in the store then this is the preference theory. There could have been one hundred different type of boots in the store for the woman to choose from, but she would only be satisfied with the ones she preferred. She desired the shoes, the shoes made her happy and in her own sense, she was on top. In the words of philosophers who believe in the Preference Theory, she was living the good life. The third definition some philosophers feel tell what the good life actually is and what it takes to achieve this concept is Hedonism. Hedonism recognizes the good life as constantly indulging and enjoying things that promote pleasure and avoiding those things that cause pain. The only way a person that believed in hedonism could truly feel as if they were living the good life would be to do everything possible to feel pleasure and at all costs, try to stay away from things that caused them displeasure (Sandoe, 1999). For example, a person who practiced hedonism would jog every morning if it made them happy, eat fried chicken every day if

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