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Well-BeingIts Meaning, Measurement and Moral Importance$
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James Griffin

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198248431.001.0001

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The Case of One Person

The Case of One Person

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(p.93) VI The Case of One Person
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Well-Being
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James Griffin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198248431.003.0007

This chapter is about the measurement of one person's well‐being. Indeed, can it be measured? To answer, we must specify the scale of measurement we are interested in: ordinal, cardinal, if cardinal, then interval or ratio. The chapter argues that there are pockets of cardinality in the measurement of one person's well‐being (cardinal measurement independent of probability, despite what many decision theorists say), and extensive areas of ordinal measurement, and that, in the case of one person, our capacity for measurement usually matches our decision‐making needs—i.e. as far as the measurement of well‐being goes.

Keywords:   cardinal, decision theory, interval, measurement, ordinal, ratio, well‐being

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