Classifying theories of welfare

Philosophical Studies 165 (3):787-803 (2013)

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Christopher Woodard
Nottingham University
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This paper argues that we should replace the common classification of theories of welfare into the categories of hedonism, desire theories, and objective list theories. The tripartite classification is objectionable because it is unduly narrow and it is confusing: it excludes theories of welfare that are worthy of discussion, and it obscures important distinctions. In its place, the paper proposes two independent classifications corresponding to a distinction emphasised by Roger Crisp: a four-category classification of enumerative theories (about which items constitute welfare), and a four-category classification of explanatory theories (about why these items constitute welfare).
Keywords Welfare  Typology  Explanatory question  Enumerative question
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-012-9978-4
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