Quality of Life

ISBN-10: 0198287976
ISBN-13: 9780198287971
Edition: N/A
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Description: The idea of the quality of life is central to economic and social assessment and also to public policy, social legislation, and community programs. However, the commonly used indicators of economic success such as per capita income are at best crude  More...

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Book details

List price: $76.00
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The idea of the quality of life is central to economic and social assessment and also to public policy, social legislation, and community programs. However, the commonly used indicators of economic success such as per capita income are at best crude measures of the quality of life. There is a strong need for as systematic exploration of the content, reach, and relevance of the concept of the quality of life, and ways of making it concrete and usable. In this collection of essays, some leading economists and philosophers rise to that challenge and provide a wide-ranging investigation. The essays include examination of recent attempts to replace incomes and utilities by the concept of capability and also exploration of the classic Aristotelian accounts of human flourishing, which provide insights into capability-based assessment of the quality of life. Some underlying methodological problems are also examined, including cultural relativism and utility as a measure of advantage. Possibilities of application are discussed in the context of important practical problems, such as correcting gender-based inequalities, determining medical priorities, and promoting living standards. The overall result is a major contribution to the understanding and use of the idea of the quality of life.

Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

the Quality Of Life
Wider
The Quality of Life
Foreword
List of Contributors
Lives and Capabilities
Equality of What? on Welfare, Goods, and Capabilities
Bibliography
Capability and Well-Being
Bibliography
G.A. Cohen: Equality of What? on Welfare, Goods and Capabilities Amartya Sen: Capability and Well-Being
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Amartya Sen: Capability and Well-Being
Bibliography
Descriptions of Inequality: the Swedish Approach to Welfare Research
Bibliography
Robert Erikson: Descriptions of Inequality
Having, Loving, Being: an Alternative to the Swedish Model of Welfare Research
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Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics
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Dan Brock: Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics
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Traditions, Relativism, and Objectivity
Objectivity and the Science-ethics Distinction
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Hilary Putnam: Objectivity and the Science-Ethics Distinction
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Objectivity and Social Meaning
Michael Walzer: Objectivity and Social Meaning
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Value, Desire, and Quality of Life
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Thomas Scanlon: Value, Desire, and Quality of Life
Explanation and Practical Reason
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Charles Taylor: Explanation and Practical Reason
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Non-Relative Virtues: an Aristotelian Approach
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Martha Nussbaum: Non-Relative Virtues: an Aristotelian Approach
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Women's Lives and Gender Justice
Women and the Quality of Life: Two Norms or One?
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Julia Annas: Women and the Quality of Life: Two Norms or One?
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Justice, Gender, and International Boundaries
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Onora O'Neill: Justice, Gender, and International Boundaries
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Policy Assessment and Welfare Economics
Distributing Health: the Allocation of Resources by an International Agency
Bibliography
John Roemer: Distributing Health: the Allocation of Resources by an International Agency
The Relativity of the Welfare Concept
Conclusion
B.M.S. Van Praag: the Relativity of the Welfare Concept
Bibliography
Pluralism and the Standard of Living
Bibliography
Paul Seabright: Pluralism and the Standard of Living
Life-Style and the Standard of Living
Appendix
Christopher Bliss: Life-Style and the Standard of Living
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