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Economics and HappinessFraming the Analysis$
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Luigino Bruni and Pier Luigi Porta

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286280.001.0001

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Happiness and Political Philosophy: The Case of Nancy Mitford versus Evelyn Waugh

Happiness and Political Philosophy: The Case of Nancy Mitford versus Evelyn Waugh

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(p.184) 7 Happiness and Political Philosophy: The Case of Nancy Mitford versus Evelyn Waugh
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Economics and Happiness
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286280.003.0008

This chapter argues that appeals to subjective welfare are essential in the construction of justice offered by theorists. The role of happiness has been significant in both the utilitarian and virtue ethical traditions, although virtue ethicists often prefer to invoke the idea of eudaimonia. Why this is so, and the implications of the theoretical point are discussed based on an exchange between Mitford and Waugh in 1948.

Keywords:   eudaimonia, welfare, justice

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