Philosophical Studies

, Volume 133, Issue 1, pp 45–53 | Cite as

A paradox for some theories of welfare

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Value Welfare Desire Hedonism Paradox 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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