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Title Capabilities and happiness / edited by Luigino Bruni, Flavio Comim, and Maurizio Pugno
Published Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 352 pages) : illustrations
Contents Contents; List of Contributors; Introduction; 1. The Economics of Happiness and Capability; 2. Life Cycle Happiness and Its Sources: Why Psychology and Economics Need Each Other; 3. In Defense of Happiness: Why Policymakers Should Care about Subjective Well-Being; 4. Some Insights on Development from the Economics of Happiness; 5. Back to Aristotle? Happiness, Eudaimonia, and Relational Goods; 6. Capabilities and Happiness: Overcoming the Informational Apartheid in the Assessment of Human Well-Being; 7. The Division of Labor between the Capability and the Happiness Perspectives
8. Self-Determination Theory and the Explanatory Role of Psychological Needs in Human Well-Being9. Capabilities, the Self, and Well-Being; 10. Subjective Measures of Agency; 11. The Philosophical Foundations of Subjective Measures of Well-Being; 12. Capability, Happiness, and Opportunity; Index
Summary Few would dispute that the well-being of individuals is one of the most desirable aims of human actions. However, approaches on how to define, measure, evaluate, and promote well-being differ widely. The conventional economic approach takes income (or the power to acquire market goods) as the most important indicator for well-being, and the utility function as the formal device for positive and normative analysis. However, this approach to well-being has been questioned for being seriously limited and other approaches have arisen. The capability approach to well-being, which has been developed during the last two decades by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, and the Happiness Approach to well-being, championed by Richard Easterlin, both provide an alternative. Both approaches come from different traditions and have developed independently, but nevertheless aim to overcome the rigid boundaries of the conventional economic approach to well-being. Given these common aims, it is surprising that little comparative work has been undertaken across these approaches. This book aims to correct this by providing the reader with contributions from leading names associated with both approaches, as well as contributions which evaluate the approaches and contrast one with the other
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Economics -- Sociological aspects.
Happiness -- Economic aspects.
Happiness.
Form Electronic book
Author Bruni, Luigino, 1966-
Comim, Flavio.
Pugno, Maurizio.
ISBN 0191559717 (eBook ISBN)
0191559717 (electronic bk.)
1281925403
9780191559716 (eBook ISBN)
9781281925404
(Cloth)
(hbk.)
Other Titles Capabilities & happiness