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Objective Theories

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/9780198238782.003.0003
Objective Theories

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By their very nature, objective theories of welfare share a common problem: without recourse to the subjective point of view they must somehow account for the perspectival character of prudential value. What remains to be determined is whether any such theory has the resources to meet this challenge. This chapter considers two objective theories of welfare: the private ownership theory and the teleological theory.

Keywords: objective theory; welfare theory; private ownership theory; teleological theory

Chapter.  15383 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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