David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Economics and Philosophy 26 (03):321-344 (2010)
This essay criticizes the proposal recently defended by a number of prominent economists that welfare economics be redirected away from the satisfaction of people's preferences and toward making people happy instead. Although information about happiness may sometimes be of use, the notion of happiness is sufficiently ambiguous and the objections to identifying welfare with happiness are sufficiently serious that welfare economists are better off using preference satisfaction as a measure of welfare. The essay also examines and criticizes the position associated with Daniel Kahneman and a number of co-authors that takes welfare to be – that is, the sum of momentary pleasures
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Pierluigi Barrotta (2008). Why Economists Should Be Unhappy with the Economics of Happiness. Economics and Philosophy 24 (2):145-165.
Jeremy Bentham (1780/2007). An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. Dover Publications.
John Broome (1991). “Utility”. Economics and Philosophy 7 (01):1-12.
Roger Crisp (2006). Reasons and the Good. Clarendon Press.
Fred Feldman (2004). Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism. Clarendon Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Roberto Fumagalli (2013). The Futile Search for True Utility. Economics and Philosophy 29 (3):325-347.
Jan-Willem van der Rijt (2013). Public Policy and the Conditional Value of Happiness. Economics and Philosophy 29 (3):381-408.
Similar books and articles
Chris Heathwood (2006). Desire Satisfactionism and Hedonism. Philosophical Studies 128 (3):539-563.
Dale Dorsey (2011). The Hedonist's Dilemma. Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (2):173-196.
Sandy Berkovski (2012). The Possibility of Modified Hedonism. Theoria 78 (3):186-212.
Daniel M. Hausman & Michael S. McPherson (2009). Preference Satisfaction and Welfare Economics. Economics and Philosophy 25 (1):1-25.
Frank H. Knight (1951). Economics and Welfare:Theories of Welfare Economics. Hla Myint. Ethics 61 (3):219-.
L. W. Sumner (1992). Welfare, Happiness, and Pleasure. Utilitas 4 (02):199-.
Peter Joseph Hammer (ed.) (2003). Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care. Duke University Press.
Yew-Kwang Ng (1995). Towards Welfare Biology: Evolutionary Economics of Animal Consciousness and Suffering. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 10 (3):255-285.
Jennifer S. Hawkins (2010). The Subjective Intuition. Philosophical Studies 148 (1):61 - 68.
Alan P. Hamlin (1986). Ethics, Economics, and the State. St. Martin's Press.
Peter Nilsson (2013). Butler's Stone and Ultimate Psychological Hedonism. Philosophia 41 (2):545-553.
Philippe Mongin (2006). A Concept of Progress for Normative Economics. Economics and Philosophy 22 (1):19-54.
L. W. Sumner (1996). Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2010-09-14
Total downloads64 ( #22,563 of 1,098,605 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #42,970 of 1,098,605 )
How can I increase my downloads?