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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

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

Thomas Scanlon

Oxford University Press

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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