The Value and Significance of Ill-Being

Midwest Studies in Philosophy 46:1-19 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Since Shelly Kagan pointed out the relative neglect of ill-being in philosophical discussions, several philosophers have contributed to an emerging literature on its constituents. In doing so, they have explored possible asymmetries between the constituents of ill-being and the constituents of positive well-being. This paper explores some possible asymmetries that may arise elsewhere in the philosophy of ill-being. In particular, it considers whether there is an asymmetry between the contribution made to prudential value by equal quantities of goods and bads. It then considers a similar question about the contributions made to moral value by equal quantities of ill-being and positive well-being. The paper explores some of the difficulties involved in assessing these questions. It ends by considering broader differences, both practical and theoretical, between the significance of ill-being and of positive well-being.

Similar books and articles

Berlin’s two concepts of positive liberty.Janos Kis - 2013 - European Journal of Political Theory 12 (1):31-48.
Liberty.Matt Zwolinski - 2009 - In John Shand (ed.), Central Issues in Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 275--286.
Taking Prudence Seriously.Guy Fletcher - 2019 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 14:70-94.
The Prudential Value of Forgiveness.Stephen Ingram - 2013 - Philosophia 41 (4):1069-1078.
The Positive Foundation Of The Negative Liberty.Damian Leszczyński - 2012 - Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 7 (1):121-192.
What (If Anything) Is Wrong with Positive Liberty?Alison McQueen - 2020 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 32 (4):517-538.
Against Contextualism about Prudential Discourse.Guy Fletcher - 2019 - Philosophical Quarterly 69 (277):699-720.
Putting together morality and well-being.Ruth Chang - 2004 - In Peter Baumann & Monika Betzler (eds.), Practical Conflicts: New Philosophical Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 118--158.
Liberty as power.Preston King - 1999 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2 (3):1-25.
Justice and the severely demented elderly.Dan W. Brock - 1988 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 13 (1):73-99.


Added to PP

364 (#52,908)

6 months
153 (#19,521)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Christopher Woodard
Nottingham University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references