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The Ontology of Well-Being in Social Policy and Welfare Practice The Politics and Philosophy of Human Well-Being

The Ontology of Well-Being in Social Policy and Welfare Practice : The Politics and Philosophy of... [After outlining and defending its overall philosophical approach, this chapter starts by exploring the main political reasons why well-being has become a key global indicator of ‘social progress’, paralleling the growing international discontent for using Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the same measure. It then focuses on the principal philosophical and political controversies in understanding and promoting human well-being as a social value, from which it outlines the book’s main argument, The Ontology of Well-being Thesis (TOWT). Specifically, the book identifies and explores six ontological features of the human condition, which are, in no prioritised order, human embodiment, finiteness, sociability, cognition, evaluation, and agency. Examining these ontological features uncover conflicting characteristics of the human condition, which can enhance or diminish the ability to experience enriching and multi-dimensional aspects of well-being. Notably, conflicting experiences of time, emotion, and self-consciousness are explored, which, it is claimed, must be accommodated for in any comprehensive epistemological and normative account of human well-being. Subsequently, such accounts can also be usefully applied to a range of social policies and welfare practices, explored throughout the book.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Ontology of Well-Being in Social Policy and Welfare Practice The Politics and Philosophy of Human Well-Being

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  • A Adler (2016)

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    International Journal of Well-Being, 6

Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
ISBN
978-3-031-18141-2
Pages
1 –29
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-18142-9_1
Publisher site
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Abstract

[After outlining and defending its overall philosophical approach, this chapter starts by exploring the main political reasons why well-being has become a key global indicator of ‘social progress’, paralleling the growing international discontent for using Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the same measure. It then focuses on the principal philosophical and political controversies in understanding and promoting human well-being as a social value, from which it outlines the book’s main argument, The Ontology of Well-being Thesis (TOWT). Specifically, the book identifies and explores six ontological features of the human condition, which are, in no prioritised order, human embodiment, finiteness, sociability, cognition, evaluation, and agency. Examining these ontological features uncover conflicting characteristics of the human condition, which can enhance or diminish the ability to experience enriching and multi-dimensional aspects of well-being. Notably, conflicting experiences of time, emotion, and self-consciousness are explored, which, it is claimed, must be accommodated for in any comprehensive epistemological and normative account of human well-being. Subsequently, such accounts can also be usefully applied to a range of social policies and welfare practices, explored throughout the book.]

Published: Nov 12, 2022

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