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Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics

L. W. Sumner


Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they do not agree about what it is, or how much it matters. This book presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and discussing its importance. It considers and rejects all notable rival theories, both objective and subjective, including hedonism and theories founded on desire or preference. The book's own theory connects welfare closely with happiness or life satisfaction. The book then proceeds to defend welfarism, that is, to argue (against the value pluralism that currently dominates moral philosophy) that welfare is ... More

Keywords: welfare, theory of welfare, hedonism, desire, preference, happiness, life satisfaction, welfarism, ethical theory, political theory

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. W. Sumner, author
Professor, Department of Philosophy and Faculty of Law

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