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The Quality of Life$
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Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287976.001.0001

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Value, Desire, and Quality of Life

Value, Desire, and Quality of Life

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(p.185) Value, Desire, and Quality of Life
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The Quality of Life
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Thomas Scanlon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287976.003.0015

Scanlon questions the adequacy of desire as a measure of quality of life, arguing instead, for exploring an approach based on a critical scrutiny of a substantive list of elements that make human life valuable. The aim, according to Scanlon, is to develop a set of goods and bads which all human beings, insofar as there is an attempt to find a common vocabulary of justification, have reason to accept as covering the most important ways in which life can be made better or worse.

Keywords:   desire theory, objectivity, Derek Parfit, preferences, reasonable agreement, universality, utilitarianism

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