Review of William Lauinger's Well-Being and Theism: Linking Ethics to God
Keywords:wellbeing, pro-attitude, objectivist, desire-perfection, evolution, metaphysical
William Lauinger’s Well-Being and Theism is a thought-provoking study of human welfare that attempts to link human wellbeing to God. In arguments aimed toward philosophers of wellbeing, Lauinger argues for a new theory of wellbeing, desire-perfection theory, intended to overcome inadequacies within objectivist and pro-attitude theories of wellbeing. Though in the first half Lauinger provides compelling and insightful commentary about the shortcomings of objectivist and pro-attitude theories of wellbeing, he begins to waver in the second half when he seeks to establish metaphysical grounding for his desire-perfection theory of wellbeing. While throughout the book Lauinger presents a well-argued case, his conclusion that human wellbeing must be linked to God is not necessarily supported.
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