Not Always Worth the Effort: Difficulty and the Value of Achievement

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100 (2):525-548 (2019)
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Recent literature has argued that what makes certain activities ranging from curing cancer to running a marathon count as achievements, and what makes achievements intrinsically valuable is, centrally, that they involve great effort. Although there is much the difficulty-based view gets right, I argue that it generates the wrong results about some central cases of achievement, and this is because it is too narrowly focused on only one perfectionist capacity, the will. I propose a revised perfectionist account on which an achievement is an activity that fully exercises or expresses any number of a range of perfectionist capacities.
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Achievement and Enhancement.Forsberg, Lisa & Skelton, Anthony
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