Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (1):99-114 (2016)

Eden Lin
Ohio State University
A subjective list theory of well-being is one that accepts both pluralism (the view that there is more than one basic good) and subjectivism (the view, roughly, that every basic good involves our favourable attitudes). Such theories have been neglected in discussions of welfare. I argue that this is a mistake. I introduce a subjective list theory called disjunctive desire satisfactionism, and I argue that it is superior to two prominent monistic subjectivist views: desire satisfactionism and subjective desire satisfactionism. In the course of making this argument, I introduce a problem for desire satisfactionism: it cannot accommodate the fact that whenever someone experiences an attitudinal pleasure, his welfare is (other things equal) higher during the pleasure. Finally, I argue that any subjectivist about welfare should find disjunctive desire satisfactionism highly attractive.
Keywords Welfare  Well-being  Objective list theories  Subjective list theories  Desire satisfactionism  Disjunctive desire satisfactionism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2016
DOI 10.1080/00048402.2015.1014926
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,634
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Reasons and Persons.Derek Parfit - 1984 - Oxford University Press.
Reasons and Persons.Joseph Margolis - 1986 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (2):311-327.
Well-Being and Death.Ben Bradley - 2009 - Oxford University Press.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Against Welfare Subjectivism.Eden Lin - 2017 - Noûs 51 (2):354-377.
The Experience Requirement on Well-Being.Eden Lin - 2021 - Philosophical Studies 178 (3):867-886.
Why Subjectivists About Welfare Needn't Idealize.Eden Lin - 2019 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100 (1):2-23.
Structuring Wellbeing.Christopher Frugé - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

View all 16 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
203 ( #58,919 of 2,533,816 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #117,274 of 2,533,816 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes