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Subjectivity in Well-Being

Aurelie Charles ()

Chapter Chapter 1 in Exchange Entitlement Mapping, 2012, pp 9-32 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract Since Aristotle’s writings on eudaimonia, prominent thinkers have been concerned with the idea of defining and measuring human well-being. Over the past decades, this concern has been addressed by two approaches: the Capability Approach (CA) and the broadly defined Happiness Approach (HA). Both these approaches are quite different and often opposed to each other as competing views on individual well-being. The end of the CA (Sen 1985; 1999) is for human beings to be able to develop capabilities they have reason to value, with happiness being one of the components of well-being understood as human flourishing (Dasgupta 2001). On the contrary, the end of the HA is for human beings to achieve a subjective sense of well-being or overall life-satisfaction. Despite promoting different goals to well-being, the individualistic methodology adopted by both approaches, to start from the point of view of the individual, however, allows some synergies between the two approaches. The aim of this chapter is to analyze the role of one of the synergies, that of subjectivity, on both the approaches.

Keywords: Life Satisfaction; Human Development Index; Capability Approach; Human Capability; Political Freedom (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1057/9781137014719_2

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