The Passing of Temporal Well-Being Hardback
Part of the Routledge Focus on Philosophy series
The philosophical study of well-being concerns what makes lives good for their subjects.
It is now standard among philosophers to distinguish between two kinds of well-being:* lifetime well-being, i.e., how good a person's life was for him or her considered as a whole, and* temporal well-being, i.e., how well off someone was, or how they fared, at a particular moment in time (momentary well-being) or over a period of time longer than a moment but shorter than a whole life, say, a day, month, year, or chapter of a life (periodic well-being). Many theories have been offered of each of these kinds of well-being.
A common view is that lifetime well-being is in some way constructed out of temporal well-being.
This book argues that much of this literature is premised on a mistake.
Lifetime well-being cannot be constructed out of temporal well-being, because there is no such thing as temporal well-being.
The only genuine kind of well-being is lifetime well-being. The Passing of Temporal Well-Being will prove essential reading for professional philosophers, especially in moral and political philosophy.
It will also be of interest to welfare economists and policy-makers who appeal to well-being
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 64 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/03/2018
- Category: Philosophy
- ISBN: 9781138713932