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Well-Being: Its Meaning, Measurement and Moral Importance

James Griffin


This book is about ideas at the centre of our thought about our individual lives and about society—‘well‐being’, ‘welfare’, ‘utility’, and ‘quality of life’. It aims to answer three questions: What is the best way to understand well‐being? to what extent can it be measured? what role should it play in moral and political thought? The book argues that the sharp contrast between reason and desire found in our modern intellectual tradition has hampered answers to those questions. The book first tries to describe the place of both reason and desire in our thought about well‐being. It then uses the ... More

Keywords: commensurability, distribution, equality, ethics, interpersonal comparisons, punishment, quality of life, rights, utility, welfare, well‐being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198248439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198248431.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Griffin, author
Keble College, University of Oxford
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