Valerie Tiberius, Alexandra Plakias

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Whether it is to be maximized or promoted as the object of a duty of beneficence, well-being is a vitally important notion in ethical theory. Wellbeing is a value, but to play the role it has often been assigned by ethical theory it must also be something we can measure and compare. It is a normative concept, then, but it also seems to have empirical content. Historically, philosophical conceptions of well-being have been responsive to the paired demands for normative and empirical adequacy. However, recent work has yet to pay serious attention to the burgeoning field of well-being research in empirical psychology. This might be because the research is new and unknown, or it might be due to uncertainty about how a philosophical investigation would take such research into account. This chapter offers solutions to both of these problems. It provides an overview of well-being research in empirical psychology. It then uses this overview as part of an argument for an empirical informed account of well-being that we call the Value-Based Life Satisfaction Account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Moral Psychology Handbook
EditorsDoris J
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594496
ISBN (Print)9780199582143
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010


  • Eudaimonism
  • Hedonism
  • Life-satisfaction
  • Positive psychology
  • Well-being


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