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Title: Re-thinking 'flourishing' as an organic concept of the good : the interpretation of development and the evaluation of life
Author: Griffiths, Jack
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis explores the relation between the normative structures brought to bear on the evaluation of life and the way in which the coming-into-being of living organisms is fundamentally understood. It provides a new analysis and critique of the standard concept of ‘flourishing’ in neo-Aristotelian meta-ethics, by uncovering the underlying interpretation of organismic becoming on which it relies, and showing how the turn to a ‘constructivist’ conception of development in contemporary biological theory both disrupts this underlying metaphysics, and provides resources for re-thinking flourishing on a fundamentally different basis. The central claim is that we should turn from a view in which life is given a form to fulfil, and becoming is the process of its fulfilment, to one in which living is the process of creating a way in the world, as life goes along.
Supervisor: Durie, Robin ; Dupre, John Sponsor: ESRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: political thought ; meta-ethics ; philosophy of biology