Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 169–172 | Cite as

Bradley, Ben: Well-being

Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2015, 136 pp., $19.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-7456-6273-2
  • Joseph WuEmail author

Ben Bradley’s Well-Being provides a wonderfully clear tour through the most prominent philosophical theories of well-being. It is an accessible introduction to material that can quickly become technical and complex, and Bradley does a fine job keeping the discussion appropriately nuanced for philosophers and suitably comprehensible for readers with no philosophical background.

As mentioned in the Preface, the central questions the book raises are: “Is there such a thing as well-being, and if so, what is it? What constitutes well-being—pleasure, desire satisfaction, knowledge, virtue, achievement, some combination of these, or something else? What is the importance of well-being for moral theory, political theory, and public policy?” (p. vii). Bradley’s aim is not to provide an affirmative answer to any of these questions, but rather, to provide the reader with a feel for the most important issues at stake in these discussions. Indeed, this book is intended as a starting point “to delve...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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