Seminar: Prof. Erik Angner (Stockholm University), “Subjective well-being: when, and why, it matters”, 21 Feb 13.00, Sala Consiglio

On February 21, 2017, h. 13.00-14.00, Prof. Erik Angner (Stockholm University) will give a talk on “SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING: WHEN, AND WHY, IT MATTERS.”

  

 

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to give a principled answer to the question of under what conditions measures of happiness or life satisfaction, understood as subjectively experienced mental states, can serve as proxies for well-being.

According to a widely held view, measures of happiness and life satisfaction represent well-being because happiness and life satisfaction are constitutive of well-being. This position, however, is untenable. Efforts to address this question in terms of Amartya Sen’s capability approach have been similarly unsuccessful.

Instead, I argue, happiness and life satisfaction matter because, and insofar as, people want to be happy and/or satisfied; consequently, measures of happiness and life satisfaction can serve as measures of well-being whenever happiness is sufficiently correlated with or causally efficacious in bringing about greater preference satisfaction.

While this position entails a less expansive view of the uses of happiness and life satisfaction measures, I maintain that if their proponents were to take this line, many of the objections to their enterprise can be met.

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