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Happiness and Political Philosophy: The Case of Nancy Mitford versus Evelyn Waugh

Matt Matravers

in Economics and Happiness

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286287
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286280.003.0008
 						Happiness and Political Philosophy: The Case of Nancy Mitford versus Evelyn Waugh

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This chapter argues that appeals to subjective welfare are essential in the construction of justice offered by theorists. The role of happiness has been significant in both the utilitarian and virtue ethical traditions, although virtue ethicists often prefer to invoke the idea of eudaimonia. Why this is so, and the implications of the theoretical point are discussed based on an exchange between Mitford and Waugh in 1948.

Keywords: eudaimonia; welfare; justice

Chapter.  4840 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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