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Happiness is Hedonic: In Defense of a Subjective Account of Well-Being

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Palumbo, Elsa K. (2023) Happiness is Hedonic: In Defense of a Subjective Account of Well-Being. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/jkhm-em18. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:06012022-161819602

Abstract

[Introduction] Everyone wants to live a good life. But how exactly should we define "well-being," the concept of living a good life? Traditionally, philosophy offers us three competing accounts (e.g. Kagan, 1998; Daly, 2017). First, there’s hedonism, which defines well-being in terms of an individual’s experienced happiness. Second, there’s desire satisfaction theory, which maintains that well-being is related to the extent to which your desires, actual or ideal, end up being fulfilled. And, finally, there is objective list theory, which contends that well-being depends on the extent to which your life possesses objectively good qualities, which might, for example, include things like friendship, achievement, autonomy, knowledge, and happiness.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize ; Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - Philosophy ; Hixon Writing Center
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:Philosophy
Awards:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - Philosophy, 2022.
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Research Advisor(s):
  • Quartz, Steven R.
Group:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize, Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - Philosophy, Hixon Writing Center
Thesis Committee:
  • None, None
Defense Date:2022
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06012022-161819602
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:06012022-161819602
DOI:10.7907/jkhm-em18
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ID Code:14928
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:08 Jun 2022 16:35
Last Modified:13 Jul 2022 23:37

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