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From Valuing to ValueTowards a Defense of Subjectivism$
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David Sobel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712640

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712640.001.0001

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Full Information Accounts of Well-Being

Full Information Accounts of Well-Being

2 Full Information Accounts of Well-Being
From Valuing to Value

David Sobel

Oxford University Press

It seems quite plausible that our preferences between different flavors of ice cream, assuming them equally unhealthy, determine which flavor we have most reason to choose, at least if we suppose that we have an accurate recollection of what each tastes like. Full information accounts aspire to extend dramatically this simple model that seems quite compelling in a limited domain. Full information accounts maintain that in principle if we could get our various possible futures accurately before us, like so many ice cream flavors, our preferences between these possible futures would carry similar authority. This chapter challenges the coherence of a such a picture, arguing that sometimes accurately understanding what it would be like to live one possible future leaves one in a poor position to understand accurately what another possible future of one’s would be like.

Keywords:   full information, well-being, subjectivism, reasons for action, Railton

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