Meet the Expert

The World's Leading Scholars Brought to Cologne

Meet the Expert ist ein Angebot an Studierende und NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen aller Fachrichtungen. Hier treten Sie in einen persönlichen wissenschaftlichen Austausch mit weltweit führenden ExpertInnen. Die Workshops finden in englischer Sprache statt.


Meet the Expert VII

Prof. Daniel Hausman, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Preferences and Well-Being

A Discussion of Whether Well-Being Is Not the Satisfaction of Desires or Preferences


Zum Thema des Workshops

This Meet the Expert workshop will discuss the assertion that desire or preference-satisfaction theories of well-being are fundamentally misconceived. A state of affairs that is not otherwise good for an individual does not become good for the individual because the individual desires it. Consider cases in which, for example, a person forms a desire that a stranger he meets on a train be cured of a dangerous disease. The satisfaction of that desire does not make him better off. The explanation given by defenders of preference or desire satisfaction theories is that such desires, whose satisfaction does not enhance the agent’s well-being, do not concern the agent’s own life. That response fails, because the satisfaction of preferences that are self-directed but which do not aim at the agent’s own benefit does not, except by chance, promote the agent’s well-being. What makes satisfying my desires so often good for me is the fact that I frequently desire things that are in some other way good for me.  Preference or desire satisfaction theories tell us nothing about what constitutes well-being. They instead piggy-back on the judgments of individuals concerning what promotes their well-being, understood in some other way than as preference or desire satisfaction.

Über das Format

Exklusive Workshop-Atmosphäre

Meet the Expert ist ein dreistündiges Workshop-Format, das es Studierenden und NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen ermöglichen sollte, in die Diskussion mit hochrangigen WissenschaftlerInnen einzutreten. Die Teilnehmer erhalten Einblicke in die aktuelle Forschung des Experten und diskutieren Publikationen und Forschungsergebnisse in einer exklusiven Workshop-Umgebung.

Datum
05. März 2018

Zeit
9.00 Uhr - 11.30 Uhr

Ort
ceres Geschäftsstelle
Universität zu Köln
Universitätsstr. 91, 1.OG
50931 Köln


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