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The Desire Theory

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/9780198238782.003.0005
The Desire Theory

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Desire theories have come to dominate the welfare landscape in this century in the way that hedonism dominated its own time. However, again like hedonism, these theories come in a variety of forms, some much more promising than others. This chapter begins with the least plausible version of a desire — or preference — account. It then addresses the theory in its strongest form.

Keywords: theory of welfare; desire theory; informed desire subjective theory; preference

Chapter.  10847 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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