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Welfare, Meaning, and Worth

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2018.04.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Aaron Smuts, Welfare, Meaning, and Worth, Routledge, 2017, 160pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 97811382166224. Reviewed by Andrew Moore, University of Otago Smuts states his mains goals as the development of his favored distinctions among worth, meaning and welfare, plus good theories of these three matters. This review outlines and assesses the book in terms of these goals. Ch. 1 presents an overview of the book, and introduces its distinctions amongst worth, welfare, and meaning. The monograph focuses on life as a whole, and Ch. 2 appraises historically influential tests for lives worth living, and argues for appeal to what a benevolent caretaker would or wouldn't allow. Smuts takes the book's core theoretical contributions to be its accounts of life's worth (Ch. 3), welfare (Ch. 4), and meaning (Ch. 5). Ch. 6 adds arguments against welfarism in... Read More

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