David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (1996)
Moral philosophers agree that welfare matters. But they disagree about what it is, or how much it matters. In this vital new work, Wayne Sumner presents an original theory of welfare, investigating its nature and discussing its importance. He considers and rejects all notable theories of welfare, both objective and subjective, including hedonism and theories founded on desire or preference. His own theory connects welfare closely with happiness or life satisfaction. Reacting against the value pluralism that currently dominates moral philosophy, he advances welfare as the only basic ethical value. He concludes by discussing the implications of this thesis for ethical and political theory. Written in clear, non-technical language, and including a definitive survey of other work in this area, Sumner's book is essential reading for moral philosophers, political theorists, and welfare economists.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$12.09 used (79% off) $34.64 new (38% off) $41.39 direct from Amazon (25% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BJ1481.S87 1996|
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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Aaron Smuts (2009). Art and Negative Affect. Philosophy Compass 4 (1):39-55.
Sharon Hewitt (2010). What Do Our Intuitions About the Experience Machine Really Tell Us About Hedonism? Philosophical Studies 151 (3):331 - 349.
Roger Crisp (2006). Hedonism Reconsidered. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 73 (3):619–645.
William Lauinger (2013). The Missing-Desires Objection to Hybrid Theories of Well-Being. Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (2):270-295.
Fred Feldman (2008). Whole Life Satisfaction Concepts of Happiness. Theoria 74 (3):219-238.
Similar books and articles
Bart Schultz (2002). L. W. Sumner , Welfare, Happiness, and Ethics, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996, Pp. Xii + 239. Utilitas 14 (03):403-.
Carl-Henric Grenholm (2010). Happiness, Welfare and Capabilities. In John R. Atherton, Elaine L. Graham & Ian Steedman (eds.), The Practices of Happiness: Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing. Routledge.
Gary Watson (1983). Kant on Happiness in the Moral Life. Philosophy Research Archives 9:79-108.
Peter Vallentyne (1991). The Problem of Unauthorized Welfare. Noûs 25 (3):295-321.
L. W. Sumner (1992). Welfare, Happiness, and Pleasure. Utilitas 4 (02):199-.
Fred Feldman (2010). What is This Thing Called Happiness? Oxford University Press.
James Q. Wilson (1994). Wealth and Happiness. Critical Review 8 (4):555-564.
Mark Bernstein (2001). L. W. Sumner, Welfare, Happiness and Ethics:Welfare, Happiness and Ethics. Ethics 111 (2):441-443.
Thomas S. Petersen (2009). What is It for a Life to Go Well (or Badly)?: Some Critical Comment of Waynes Sumner's Theory of Welfare. Journal of Happiness Studies 10:449-458.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads137 ( #8,045 of 1,410,123 )
Recent downloads (6 months)24 ( #8,941 of 1,410,123 )
How can I increase my downloads?