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Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they disagree about what it is, or how much it matters. Wayne Sumner presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and discussing its importance. He considers and rejects all notable theories of welfare, both objective and subjective, including hedonism and theories founded on desire or preference. His o Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they disagree about what it is, or how much it matters. Wayne Sumner presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and discussing its importance. He considers and rejects all notable theories of welfare, both objective and subjective, including hedonism and theories founded on desire or preference. His own theory connects welfare closely with happiness or life satisfaction. Reacting against the value pluralism that currently dominates moral philosophy, he advances welfare as the only basic ethical value. He concludes by discussing the implications of this thesis for ethical and political theory. Written in clear, non-technical language, and including a definitive survey of other work in this area, Sumner's book is essential reading for moral philosophers, political theorists, and welfare economists.


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Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they disagree about what it is, or how much it matters. Wayne Sumner presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and discussing its importance. He considers and rejects all notable theories of welfare, both objective and subjective, including hedonism and theories founded on desire or preference. His o Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they disagree about what it is, or how much it matters. Wayne Sumner presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and discussing its importance. He considers and rejects all notable theories of welfare, both objective and subjective, including hedonism and theories founded on desire or preference. His own theory connects welfare closely with happiness or life satisfaction. Reacting against the value pluralism that currently dominates moral philosophy, he advances welfare as the only basic ethical value. He concludes by discussing the implications of this thesis for ethical and political theory. Written in clear, non-technical language, and including a definitive survey of other work in this area, Sumner's book is essential reading for moral philosophers, political theorists, and welfare economists.

35 review for Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leonardo

    ...in his book Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics, L. W. Sumner (1996) writes that ‘‘a person’s welfare is more or less the same as her well-being or interest or (in one of its many meanings) her good’’ Capabilities and Happiness Pág.287 ...in his book Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics, L. W. Sumner (1996) writes that ‘‘a person’s welfare is more or less the same as her well-being or interest or (in one of its many meanings) her good’’ Capabilities and Happiness Pág.287

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maxime Berthiaume

    Lisible, intéressant par moment, mais non convaincant dans l'argumentation. Sa définition du subjectivisme est trop large et son critère d'autonomie me semble confus et supposé quelque chose comme un ''real self'' qui serait derrière tous les biais cognitifs, sociaux, etc. Je doute fortement qu'une telle chose existe et il ne le prouve pas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Du Vaughn

    Boring. Nothing new here. Couldn’t finish.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cat in the Hay

    Attempting to constrain a subjective theory well-being with objective standards can get to be quite a mess, not to mention rather paternalistic.

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    Ft. Sheridan

    nah, objective theories of well-being are better.

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