Fall 2007

Seminar: Well-Being and Well-Lived Lives

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-69


Jyl Gentzler (Section 01)


Moral philosophers, economists, political scientists, and psychologists all make use of the closely related concepts of well-being, welfare, utility, prudential value, and quality of life. Indeed, we all want what is good for us. But what does it mean to say that something is good for us? That we like it? That we want it? That it develops our essential capacities as human beings? Can we measure and compare different levels of well-being? What makes a life well lived? Are well-lived lives those that give us well-being? Or do other factors contribute to the quality of a life? What roles should the concepts of well-beingand well-lived lives play in moral and political philosophy? Requisite: Two courses in Philosophy. Limited to 15 students. First semester. Professor Gentzler.