Munich School of Philosophy

In this lecture, I present (in German) some lines of thought from my Desiring the Good: Ancient Proposals and Contemporary Theory (OUP, 2017). I focus on two proposals that I develop in the book: a novel version of the Guise of the Good, according to which the desire to have one’s life go well guides and sustains small- and mid-scale motivations; and a realism about good human lives that is inspired by Plato’s Philebus and Aristotle’s ethics. More generally, I explore the distinctive way in which ancient ethics combines normative theorizing and human psychology. I argue for a contemporary approach that is inspired by this perspective.