Professor Julia Annas on “What does it mean to flourish?”

Professor Julia Annas on “What does it mean to flourish?”
2011 University of Pennsylvania 

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At the University of Pennsylvania distinguished speakers series, Philosopher Julia Annas presented a brief philosophical paper on the meaning of what it is to flourish. Professor Annas argued that what is often presumed in discussions on happiness is that it is more than a mental state of being happy but also about improving people’s lives — the very idea of flourishing itself. What we ordinarily mean when we talk about happiness is actually a social goal, indeed the notion itself of a life flourishing or “going well”, a life that is “good and pleases the person who has it”. The paper is an attempt to provide a philosophical answer of the life that is “lived well”.

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