Brad Hooker (University of Reading)
The Inaugural Address: Relationships and Well-Being

2021 Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association

University of Hertfordshire

16–18 July 2021

The Inaugural Address

Abstract

Deep personal relationships involve deep mutual understanding and strong mutual affection. This paper focuses on whether having deep personal relationships are one of the elements of well-being. Roger Crisp put forward thought experiments which might be taken to suggest that having deep personal relationships have only instrumental value as means to other elements of well-being. The different conclusion this paper draws is that having deep personal relationships is an element of well-being if but only if the other people involved have qualities that merit affection for these people.

about

Brad Hooker

Brad Hooker was a student at Princeton and Oxford. He taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and then the University of Reading. Nearly all his publications have been in meta-ethics, normative ethics and applied ethics. Brad is best known for his book Ideal Code, Real World: A Rule-consequentialist Theory of Morality. He is now working mainly on a theory of fairness.

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