Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Measuring Well-Being and Utilitarianism
We discussed a number of interesting issues today in class. One set of issues has to do with the difficulty of measuring well-being and how this might make for trouble for utilitarianism. What do you think is the strongest way of putting this problem? Is there an example that helps illustrate this problem (e.g., from Russ Shafer-Landau's book or from our discussion in class)? How serious do you think this problem is for the utilitarian? Comments related to these questions are most welcome.