Welfare and Happiness

L. W. Sumner

in Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238782
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679773 | DOI:
Welfare and Happiness

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This chapter develops a better version of a subjective theory, one which connects welfare with happiness or life satisfaction. It demonstrates that the happiness theory scores no worse than any rival theory on any criterion and better than all of its rivals on most. It therefore provides us with the best picture of the nature of welfare.

Keywords: welfare theory; life satisfaction; happiness; subjective theory

Chapter.  18960 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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