A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being by Anna AlexandrovaA Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being by Anna Alexandrova

A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being

byAnna Alexandrova

Hardcover | August 23, 2017

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Well-being, happiness and quality of life are now established objects of social and medical research. Does this science produce knowledge that is properly about well-being? What sort of well-being? The definition and measurement of these objects rest on assumptions that are partly normative,partly empirical and partly pragmatic, producing a great diversity of definitions depending on the project and the discipline. This book, written from the perspective of philosophy of science, formulates principles for the responsible production and interpretation of this diverse knowledge. Traditionally, philosophers' goal has been a single concept of well-being and a single theory about what it consists in. But for science this goal is both unlikely and unnecessary. Instead the promise and authority of the science depends on it focusing on the well-being of specific kinds of peoplein specific contexts. Skeptical arguments notwithstanding, this contexual well-being can be measured in a valid and credible way - but only if scientists broaden their methods to make room for normative considerations and address publicly and inclusively the value-based conflicts that inevitablyarise when a measure of well-being is adopted. The science of well-being can be normative, empirical and objective all at once, provided that we line up values to science and science to values.
Anna Alexandrova is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, having previously taught at the University of Missouri St Louis. She writes on philosophy of social sciences, especially economic modelling, explanation, and the sciences of well-being. She was a recipient of the Ph...
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Title:A Philosophy for the Science of Well-BeingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 23, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199300518

ISBN - 13:9780199300518

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