On being content with imperfection

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Abstract

The aim of this essay is to work out an account of contentment as a response to imperfect conditions and to argue that a disposition to contentment, understood as a disposition to appreciate the goods in one’s present condition and to use expectation frames that enable such appreciation, is a virtue. In the first half, I lay out an analysis of what contentment and discontentment are. In the second half, I argue that contentment is a virtue of appreciation and respond to skeptical concerns about recommending a disposition to contentment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-352
Number of pages26
JournalEthics
Volume127
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

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