Philosophical Studies

, Volume 133, Issue 1, pp 45–53

A paradox for some theories of welfare


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-006-9005-8

Cite this article as:
Bradley, B. Philos Stud (2007) 133: 45. doi:10.1007/s11098-006-9005-8


Sometimes people desire that their lives go badly, take pleasure in their lives going badly, or believe that their lives are going badly. As a result, some popular theories of welfare are paradoxical. I show that no attempt to defend those theories from the paradox fully succeeds.


Value Welfare Desire Hedonism Paradox 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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