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Welfarism

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/9780198238782.003.0007
Welfarism

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This chapter defends welfarism: the thesis that individual welfare (so understood) is the only thing with final or ultimate ethical value, the only state of affairs which we have a moral reason to promote for its own sake. It concludes with some speculative remarks about the possible impact of welfarism on ethical and political theory.

Keywords: welfarism; welfare theory; pluralism; welfare ethics; politics

Chapter.  16799 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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