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Preference change and interpersonal comparisons of welfare

Voorhoeve, Alex (2006) Preference change and interpersonal comparisons of welfare. In: Olsaretti, Serena, (ed.) Preferences and Well-Being. Royal Institute of Philosophy supplements,This v(59). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 265-279. ISBN 9780521695589

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Preferences are often thought to be relevant for well-being: respecting preferences, or satisfying them, contributes in some way to making people's lives go well for them. A crucial assumption that accompanies this conviction is that there is a normative standard that allows us to discriminate between preferences that do, and those that do not, contribute to well-being. The papers collected in this volume, written by moral philosophers and philosophers of economics, explore a number of central issues concerning the formulation of such a normative standard. They examine what a defensible account of how preferences should be formed for them to contribute to well-being should look like; whether preferences are subject to requirements of rationality and what reasons we have to prefer certain things over others; and what the significance is, if any, of preferences that are arational or not conducive to well-being.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Cambridge University Press
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2008 08:43

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