Philosophy of well-being for the Social Sciences: A primer

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Abstract / Description of output

In this chapter I try to provide an introduction to philosophical work on well-being. I explain the specific kinds of questions that philosophers are interested in when it comes to well-being. I then seek to explain the role of thought experiments in philosophical work on well-being. I explain why such cases are useful, and non-gratuitous, and the methodological assumptions that underlie their use. Finally, I explain how philosophers seek to preserve a common subject matter for debate—well-being—even in the presence of radical disagreement about which theory is correct.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeasuring Well-Being
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities
EditorsMatthew T. Lee, Laura D. Kubzansky, Tyler J. VanderWeele
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780197512562
ISBN (Print)9780197512531
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • well-being
  • measurement


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