Objectivity and Subjectivity in Theories of Well-Being

Neera Badhwar

Abstract


Last year, a special issue of this journal addressed the concepts of well-being and happiness as they appear in discussions of public policy. This paper defends an objective conception of well-being as happiness in a worthwhile life. Nevertheless, the paper points out problems that face any proposal for a well-being policy. To promote the well-being of its people, the state would impose its own conception of well-being on them and thus violate the principle of impartiality.


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Well-Being

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13021/G8pppq.322014.516

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