chapter  2
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Innate Psychological Needs

Eudaimonic ethics works on the assumption that we can begin with a psychologically realistic picture of human nature and use this picture of human nature as a basis for developing a moral theory that will meet the demands of moderate psychological realism. On this picture, moral ideals and normative prescriptions are grounded in a basic conception of human nature and are built through refl ection on what we have good evidence for thinking can be reasonably expected of people. As we work toward piecing together the psychologically realistic picture of human nature that can serve as the basis of eudaimonic ethics, we need to explore two major issues: what we are like and how we tend to behave .