Aims to establish a connection between well-being and flourishing
What we understand by flourishing is for someone to properly develop and exercise the
capacities, potentialities, faculties that one naturally has from early life
Developmentalist view: well-being consists in this definition of flourishing
Kraut aims to make developmentalism a composite theory by joining the definition of well-
being with taking pleasure in developing these capacities
*Taking pleasure in this is a necessary condition for well-being for Kraut
Types of Capabilities
Types of Capabilities What specific In what does In what doesn't
capabilities belong flourishing consist for flourishing consist?
here? this type of capability?
Sensory Sight, sound, hearing, Taking pleasure in Deterioration or loss of
taste, smell, touch activities such as one's senses; unpleasant
cooking, listening to sensations
music, viewing art...
Affective Experiencing a wide Falling in love (with Too many negative
range of emotions someone worthy of emotions; anything that
being loved); NB: Kraut deteriorates or impedes
thinks there is an ability to feel emotion
objective standard for
objects of emotion
Social Forming relationships of Marriage, social Inability to engage in
different sorts situations, friendships... relationships
Cognitive Seeking and acquiring Academic study, certain Inability to do these
knowledge, reflecting, games and activities... things, as the results of
contemplating, diseases, etc...
Physical Moving, reproducing, Athletic activities, etc Anything that limitis or
digesting, nourishing... deteriorates these
NB: Capabilities=components in which well-being consists