Classifying theories of welfare

Woodard, Christopher (2013) Classifying theories of welfare. Philosophical Studies, 165 (3). pp. 787-803. ISSN 1573-0883

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This paper argues that we should replace the common classification of theories of welfare into the categories of hedonism, desire theories, and objective list theories. The tripartite classification is objectionable because it is unduly narrow and it is confusing: it excludes theories of welfare that are worthy of discussion, and it obscures important distinctions. In its place, the paper proposes two independent classifications corresponding to a distinction emphasised by Roger Crisp: a four-category classification of enumerative theories (about which items constitute welfare), and a four-category classification of explanatory theories (about why these items constitute welfare).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Welfare; Typology: Explanatory question; Enumerative question.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
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Depositing User: Chamberlain, Mr Dick
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 09:57
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 11:08

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