|Abstract||The goal of this chapter is to make explicit fundamental theoretical commitments of the effort to develop subjective measures of well-being, that is, measures based on answers to questions such as “Taking things all together, how would you say things are these days – would you say you’re very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy these days?” (Gurin, Veroff and Feld 1960, 411, italics in original). My main thesis is that increased attention to these commitments – which can also be referred to as the philosophical foundations of the enterprise – can help us improve our understanding of both the nature, strengths and weaknesses of these measures. I will focus on two fundamental commitments, viz., the answers to the following two questions. First: what, more precisely, are subjective measures..|
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