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    Live Each Day as If It Were Your Last
    The Philosophers' Magazine 87 100-105. 2019.
  •  3
    What is well-being? This is one of humanity's oldest and deepest questions; Valerie Tiberius offers a fresh answer. She argues that our lives go well to the extent that we succeed in what matters to us emotionally, reflectively, and over the long term. So when we want to help others achieve well-being, we should pay attention to their values.
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    Comments on John Doris, Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 97 (3): 758-764. 2018.
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    Integrating philosophical and psychological approaches to well-being: The role of success in personal projects
    with Cianna Bedford-Petersen, Colin G. DeYoung, and Moin Syed
    Journal of Moral Education 48 (1): 84-97. 2019.
    Interdisciplinary research on the relation of well-being to personality, virtue and life experience is impeded by lack of agreement about the nature of well-being. Psychologists tend to reduce well-being to various subjective evaluations. Philosophers tend to reject these reductions but often do not agree among themselves. We believe most conceptions of well-being can agree that well-being involves success in one’s personal projects and that personal projects should be a central construct for we…Read more
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    Humean Heroism: Value Commitments and the Source of Normativity
    Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 81 (4): 426-446. 2000.
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    The Moral Parameters of Good Talk: A Feminist Analysis (review)
    Dialogue 39 (1): 161-162. 2000.
    This is an interesting and intelligent book which will be fruitfully read by teachers and others interested in combatting sexism in their everyday lives. The book does not contain profound philosophical arguments, but this is not a criticism of it. The author's contribution is an application of reasonable moral principles to empirical data in defense of feminist conclusions about our current linguistic practices. This is an important task, and one which Ayim accomplishes well. In this review I w…Read more
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    Philosophical Foundations of Wisdom
    In Robert Sternberg & Judith Gluek (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Wisdom, Cambridge University Press. pp. 10-39. 2019.
    Practical wisdom (hereafter simply ‘wisdom’), which is the understanding required to make reliably good decisions about how we ought to live, is something we all have reason to care about. The importance of wisdom gives rise to questions about its nature: what kind of state is wisdom, how can we develop it, and what is a wise person like? These questions about the nature of wisdom give rise to further questions about proper methods for studying wisdom. Is the study of wisdom the proper subje…Read more
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    This work advances a theory of deliberation about the goals, projects and values that constitute a good or worthwhile life for a person. The central argument begins with the assumption that the concerns most people have in this kind of deliberation are to discover which goals are worth pursuing, or which ends worth valuing, given those features of ourselves that we find important on reflection, and choose our goals and values in such a way that our choices can bear our reflective scrutiny.
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    Well-Being Policy: What Standard of Well-Being?
    Journal of the American Philosophical Association 1 (4): 712--733. 2015.
    ABSTRACT:This paper examines the norms that should guide policies aimed at promoting happiness or, more broadly, well-being. In particular, we take up the question of which conception of well-being should govern well-being policy, assuming some such policies to be legitimate. In answer, we lay out a case for ‘pragmatic subjectivism’: given widely accepted principles of respect for persons, well-being policy may not assume any view of well-being, subjectivist or objectivist. Rather, it should pro…Read more
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    How can we live life wisely? Tiberius argues that we need to develop the kind of wisdom that emphasizes the importance of learning from experience. We need to care about things that sustain us and give us good experiences, have perspective on our successes and failures, and be moderately self-aware and cautiously optimistic about human nature.
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    This paper is a contribution to the debate about eudaimonism started by Kashdan, Biswas-Diener, King, and Waterman in a previous issue of The Journal of Positive Psychology. We point out that one thing that is missing from this debate is an understanding of the problems with subjective theories of well-being that motivate a turn to objective theories. A better understanding of the rationale for objective theories helps us to see what is needed from a theory of well-being. We then argue that a su…Read more
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    How Theories of Well-Being Can Help Us Help
    Journal of Practical Ethics 2 (2): 1-19. 2014.
    Some theories of well-being in philosophy and in psychology define people’s well-being in psychological terms. According to these theories, living well is getting what you want, feeling satisfied, experiencing pleasure, or the like. Other theories take well-being to be something that is not defined by our psychology: for example, they define well-being in terms of objective values or the perfection of our human nature. These two approaches present us with a trade-off: The more we define we…Read more
  •  186
    Constructivism and wise judgment
    In Jimmy Lenman & Yonatan Shemmer (eds.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy, Oxford University Press. pp. 195. 2012.
    In this paper I introduce a version of constructivism that relies on a theory of practical wisdom. Wise judgment constructivism is a type of constructivism because it takes correct judgments about what we have “all-in” reason to do to be the result of a process we can follow, where our interest in the results of this process stems from our practical concerns. To fully defend the theory would require a comprehensive account of wisdom, which is not available. Instead, I describe a constructivist …Read more
  •  30
    Virtue Ethics: A Pluralistic View (Christine Swanton) (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 72 (2): 494-497. 2006.
    Christine Swanton’s Virtue Ethics is a welcome addition to the newly flourishing field of virtue ethics. Swanton defends a rich and multifaceted virtue ethical theory that differs in interesting ways from the current paradigm, Aristotelian virtue ethics. The richness of her theory is, in part, dictated by her methodology: wide reflective equilibrium. Taking this methodology seriously, she draws on a wide range of scholarship not just in philosophy but also in psychiatry, psychology, sociology, a…Read more
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    Justifying Reasons for Valuing
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 37 (1): 141-158. 1999.
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    Full information and ideal deliberation
    Journal of Value Inquiry 31 (3): 329-338. 1997.
    When we are confronted with choices we take to be important, choices that affect our more important ends or goals, we usually attempt to judge what would be best for us. We reflect on what is best for us when we have to decide such things as which college to attend, whether to go to graduate school or law school, whether to marry, or whether to take our parents in when they need care. When we make such decisions, we think about what will contribute to the best life for us. In thinking about the …Read more
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    The lack of gender parity in philosophy has garnered serious attention recently. Previous empirical work that aims to quantify what has come to be called “the gender gap” in philosophy focuses mainly on the absence of women in philosophy faculty and graduate programs. Our study looks at gender representation in philosophy among undergraduate students, undergraduate majors, graduate students, and faculty. Our findings are consistent with what other studies have found about women faculty in philos…Read more
  •  64
    Wisdom revisited: a case study in normative theorizing
    Philosophical Explorations 14 (3): 277-295. 2011.
    Extensive discussions of practical wisdom are relatively rare in the philosophical literature these days. This is strange given the theoretical and practical importance of wisdom and, indeed, the etymology of the word "philosophy." In this paper, we remedy this inattention by proposing a methodology for developing a theory of wisdom and using this methodology to outline a viable theory. The methodology we favor is a version of wide reflective equilibrium. We begin with psychological research on …Read more
  •  2
    The reflective life: Wisdom and happiness for real people
    In Lisa Bortolotti (ed.), Philosophy and Happiness, Palgrave-macmillan. pp. 215--32. 2009.
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    Perspective: A Prudential Virtue
    American Philosophical Quarterly 39 (4). 2002.
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    In defense of reflection
    Philosophical Issues 23 (1): 223-243. 2013.
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    Cultural differences and philosophical accounts of well-being
    Journal of Happiness Studies 5 293-314. 2004.
    In cross-cultural studies of well-being psychologists have shown ways in which well-being or its constituents are tailored by culture (Arrindell et. al. 1997, Diener and Diener 1995, Kitayama et. al. 2000, Oishi & Diener 2001, Oishi et. al. 1999). Some psychologists have taken the fact of cultural variance to imply that there is no universal notion of well-being (Ryan and Deci, 2001, Christopher 1999). Most philosophers, on the other hand, have assumed that there is a notion of well-being that h…Read more
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    Wisdom and Perspective
    Journal of Philosophy 102 (4). 2005.
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    with John D. Walker
    American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (4). 1998.