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Authentic Happiness

  • GREG BOGNAR (a1)

This article discusses L. W. Sumner's theory of well-being as authentic happiness. I distinguish between extreme and moderate versions of subjectivism and argue that Sumner's characterization of the conditions of authenticity leads him to an extreme subjective theory. More generally, I also criticize Sumner's argument for the subjectivity of welfare. I conclude by addressing some of the implications of my arguments for theories of well-being in philosophy and welfare measurement in the social sciences.

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David Sobel , ‘On the Subjectivity of Welfare’, Ethics 107 (1997), pp. 501–8

Richard J. Arneson , ‘Human Flourishing versus Desire Satisfaction’, Social Philosophy & Policy 16 (1999), pp. 113–42

Krister Bykvist , ‘Sumner on Desires and Well-Being’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 32 (2002), pp. 475–90

L. Wayne Sumner , ‘The Subjectivity of Welfare’, Ethics 105 (1995), pp. 764–90

Jyl Gentzler , ‘The Attractions and Delights of Goodness’, The Philosophical Quarterly 54 (2004), pp. 353–67

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  • ISSN: 0953-8208
  • EISSN: 1741-6183
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