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Adaptive preferences: merging political accounts and well-being accounts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2020

Rosa Terlazzo*
Department of Philosophy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA


Accounts of adaptive preferences are of two kinds: well-being accounts fully theorized for their own sake and political accounts theorized to facilitate the political project of reducing oppression and marginalization. Given their practical role, the latter are often less fully theorized, and are therefore less robust to theoretical criticism. In this paper, I first draw on well-being accounts to identify the well-theorized elements that political accounts should want to adopt in order to strengthen their project and avoid common criticisms. Second, I appeal to the political project to show the shortcomings of the well-being accounts on which I draw.

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