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Rutgers Philosophy Dept Spring 2022 Lecture Series presents Prof. Jake Nebel(USC) "The Sum of Well-Being"

Friday, February 25, 2022, 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Title: The Sum of Well-Being

Abstract: Philosophers sometimes use numbers to represent how good things are for people. The sum of these numbers is often said to represent a sum of well-being. I want to understand what, if anything, this means. There are sums of masses and of lengths, but not of beauty or of times. Why should we think that there are sums of well-being? In this talk I explain what it would take for well-being to be the kind of quantity that can be summed across individuals and explore some ways of showing well-being to be that kind of quantity. 

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