Essay about The Controversial Equation For A Good Life

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The Controversial Equation For A Good Life
It seems appropriate that during the course of one’s life, one has to at some point evaluate what makes a life a good one and come to terms with whether they lived their life well or not. This question “What is the good Life?,” has been explored by thinkers from diverse disciplines and dates back from Plato and Aristotle to present time. Renowned legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin detailed a possible answer in his essay “What Is A Good Life?” based on the concepts of ethics and morality, providing a basic spectrum through which one can evaluate the claims set forward by philosopher Peter Singer in his famous essay, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” and the studies examined in the article “Rules or Consequences: The Role of Ethical Mind-Sets in Moral Dynamics,” by psychologist Gert Cornelissen and his fellow researchers Michael R. Bashshur, Julian Rode, and Marc Le Menestrel.
Dworkin defines moral standards as how we ought to treat others and ethical standards as how we ought to live ourselves (Dworkin 1) and for him the “complexity of ethics matches the complexity of morality” (Dworkin 10). In his essay discusses the importance to think of oneself as intrinsically important and reveals the natural responsibility that one has to live well. According to Dworkin, a good life is not defined as “maximising the chance of producing the best possible life” because “any plausible view of what is truly wonderful in almost any human life,…

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