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Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics$
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L. W. Sumner

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238782.001.0001

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Welfare and Happiness

Welfare and Happiness

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Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics

L. W. Sumner

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops a better version of a subjective theory, one which connects welfare with happiness or life satisfaction. It demonstrates that the happiness theory scores no worse than any rival theory on any criterion and better than all of its rivals on most. It therefore provides us with the best picture of the nature of welfare.

Keywords:   welfare theory, life satisfaction, happiness, subjective theory

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