In this talk I present an overview of a theory of well-being that takes values rather than desires or preferences to be the key to well-being.
According to the value fulfillment theory, a person’s life goes well to the extent that she pursues and fulfills or realizes things that she values where those values are emotionally suitable and seen by the person to make her life go well. This theory is holistic in the sense that it takes the contribution of individual moments of fulfillment to well-being to be determined by their role in an overall "value-full" life.
I argue for holism on the grounds that a holistic theory provides us with the right critical perspective on our current desires and values.
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