Duties of Well-Being


in Ethics in the Public Domain

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260691
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682148 | DOI:
Duties of Well-Being

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This chapter explores some of the implications of the fact that well-being has a strong active aspect for the moral duties people owe each other. It tackles the part of morality concerning duties to protect and promote the well-being of people. The first section outlines the main ways in which well-being has an active aspect. The second section suggests three basic facts regarding the duties of well-being. First, that if one is to have a good life, there are some activities that one must engage in oneself. Second, that other people can contribute to one's well-being intrinsically only if they fit into one's life in the right way. Third, that one cannot prosper without others. The discussion concludes that there is a difference between the way one promotes his own self-interest and the way one discharges his duties to others which are based on concern for their well-being.

Keywords: well-being; personality; character; duty; self-respect; basic-capacities principle; both-ways principle

Chapter.  14211 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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