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The Concept of Welfare

L. W. Sumner

in Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238782
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238782.003.0001
The Concept of Welfare

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This chapter develops criteria of adequacy for a theory of welfare. It focuses on welfare in the original meaning still preserved in the term's etymology: the condition of faring or doing well. It is in this sense that welfare attaches pre-eminently to the lives of individuals, and 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. Wherein does welfare, in this sense, consist? What is it for a life to go well (or badly)? And what is the practical importance of welfare? What role should it play, say, in ethics (or politics)?

Keywords: welfare; theory of welfare; value; adequacy

Chapter.  10680 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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