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Utilitarian Accounts: State of Mind or State of the World?

James Griffin

in Well-Being

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198248439
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198248431.003.0002

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Utilitarian Accounts: State of Mind or State of the World?

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This chapter, the first of two on utilitarian accounts of well‐being, discusses mental‐state accounts, actual‐desire accounts, and informed‐desire accounts. It also discusses our attractive compromise position adopted by Henry Sidgwick. It considers whether there is a position between mental state and desire accounts, and what the problems facing the informed‐desire account are.

Keywords: actual desire; informed desire; mental state; Henry Sidgwick; utilitarianism

Chapter.  5383 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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