Quarterly Essay - The Good Life: David Malouf
In The Good Life: Happiness and Virtue in the Modern World, the latest Quarterly Essay, one of Australia’s finest writers and thinkers returns to one of the most fundamental existential questions and give it a modern twist: what is it to live a good life?
In a Wheeler Centre conversation with philosopher and memoirist Raimond Gaita, David Malouf further explores the theme of his Quarterly Essay. The discussion touches on the classical origins of happiness and virtue, and how they continue to shape our ideas. They explore the relationship between happiness and suffering, cosmopolitanism and the body, and they chart the geographical and cultural limits of happiness and the good life.
David Malouf is the author of short story collections The Complete Stories (winner of the Australia Asia Literary Award), Dream Stuff and Every Move You Make, and of acclaimed novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ and Miles Franklin Prizes) and Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award).
Raimond Gaita has published widely to academic and non- academic audiences. In 2009, the University of Antwerp awarded Gaita the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa ‘for his exceptional contribution to contemporary moral philosophy and for his singular contribution to the role of the intellectual in today’s academic world’.