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The Exploration of HappinessThe Four Qualities of Life Ordering Concepts and Measures of the Good Life

The Exploration of Happiness: The Four Qualities of Life Ordering Concepts and Measures of the... [The terms ‘quality-of-life’, ‘well-being’ and ‘happiness’ denote different meanings; sometimes they are used as an umbrella term for all of value, and at other times to denote special merits. This paper is about the specific meanings of the terms. It proposes a classification based on two bi-partitions; between life ‘chances’ and life ‘results’, and between ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ qualities. Together these dichotomies imply four qualities of life: (1) livability of the environment, (2) life-ability of the individual, (3) external utility of life and (4) inner appreciation of life. This fourfold matrix is applied in three ways: firstly to place related notions and alternative classifications, secondly to explore substantive meanings in various measures for quality of life and thirdly to find out whether quality-of-life can be measured comprehensively. This last question is answered in the negative. Current sum-scores make little sense. The most inclusive measure is still how long and happily people live.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Exploration of HappinessThe Four Qualities of Life Ordering Concepts and Measures of the Good Life

Part of the Happiness Studies Book Series Book Series
Editors: Delle Fave, Antonella
The Exploration of Happiness — Mar 30, 2013

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
ISBN
978-94-007-5701-1
Pages
195 –226
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5702-8_11
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The terms ‘quality-of-life’, ‘well-being’ and ‘happiness’ denote different meanings; sometimes they are used as an umbrella term for all of value, and at other times to denote special merits. This paper is about the specific meanings of the terms. It proposes a classification based on two bi-partitions; between life ‘chances’ and life ‘results’, and between ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ qualities. Together these dichotomies imply four qualities of life: (1) livability of the environment, (2) life-ability of the individual, (3) external utility of life and (4) inner appreciation of life. This fourfold matrix is applied in three ways: firstly to place related notions and alternative classifications, secondly to explore substantive meanings in various measures for quality of life and thirdly to find out whether quality-of-life can be measured comprehensively. This last question is answered in the negative. Current sum-scores make little sense. The most inclusive measure is still how long and happily people live.]

Published: Mar 30, 2013

Keywords: Quality of life; Utility; Happiness; Well-being

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