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The Perfectionist TurnFrom Metanorms to Metaethics$
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Douglas Den Uyl and Douglas Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413343

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413343.001.0001

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The Perfectionist Turn

The Perfectionist Turn

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(p.171) 5 The Perfectionist Turn
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The Perfectionist Turn
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Douglas J. Den Uyl

Douglas B. Rasmussen

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413343.003.0006

This chapter argues against the claim advanced by Daniel Haybron, Daniel C. Russell, and Mark LeBar that human self-perfection is ultimately based on notions of well-being and human flourishing that we bring to our understanding of human nature and in favor of the idea that it is human nature itself that ultimately grounds our understanding of human well-being or human flourishing. In doing so, the question of whether there is some gap between (a) what it is to be a good human being and (b) what is good for a human being is addressed. It is shown that the arguments on behalf of a such a gap fail and that the version of perfectionism that is advanced—that is, individualistic perfectionism—is ideally suited to not only avoid such a gap but also to display their unity, especially when perfection is understood as a process of living things and not as some cosmic or metaphysical process.

Keywords:   Agent-relative, human nature, individualistic perfectionism, “life is at the centre,” naturalistic fallacy, neo-Aristotelian, reductionism, teleology

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