Objective Accounts

James Griffin

in Well-Being

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198248439
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597558 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Objective Accounts

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Perhaps certain objective accounts of well‐being are superior to any desire account. This chapter considers primarily need‐accounts, of which the central claim is well‐being, at least that conception of it to be used as the interpersonal measure for moral judgement, is the level to which basic needs are met. The chapter argues against need accounts, but acknowledges the obvious strengths of objective accounts—not, however, what has been called an objective‐list account, because the common distinction in ethics between ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ is too sharp.

Keywords: basic needs; objective; objective list; subjective; well‐being

Chapter.  6329 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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