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A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being

Anna Alexandrova


Well-being, happiness, and quality of life are now established objects of social and medical research. Does this science produce knowledge that is properly about well-being? What sort of well-being? The definition and measurement of these objects rest on assumptions that are partly normative, partly empirical, and partly pragmatic, producing a great diversity of definitions depending on the project and the discipline. This book, written from the perspective of philosophy of science, formulates principles for the responsible production and interpretation of this diverse knowledge. Traditionally ... More

Keywords: science of well-being, measurement, objectivity, philosophy of science, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199300518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199300518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Alexandrova, author
Lecturer, Cambridge University