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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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Thomas Scanlon: Value, Desire, and Quality of Life

Thomas Scanlon: Value, Desire, and Quality of Life

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(p.201) Thomas Scanlon: Value, Desire, and Quality of Life
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The Quality of Life
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Sissela Bok

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287976.003.0016

Bok notes that Scanlon shifts the discussion from the ‘goods’ or things that make lives better to what makes these things good as he doubts the existence of any unified account of this metaethical inquiry. Bok, however, foresees communities which hold different and perhaps incompatible unified accounts and concludes that Scanlon's contractualist theory, mentioned towards the end of his paper, can help to resolve differences of opinion in such accounts, much like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has shaped a network of partially coherent, partially weighted, partially agreed upon, and partially implemented values affecting the quality of human lives.

Keywords:   contractualism, enforcement, judgment, metaethics, unified accounts, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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