Needs and well-being

Authored by: Marco Grix , Philip McKibbin

The Routledge Handbook Of Philosophy Of Well-Being

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415714532
eBook ISBN: 9781315682266
Adobe ISBN: 9781317402657


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When conceptualizing human need and making claims about what it is that human beings need, philosophers have mostly made reference to ends like survival and harm avoidance. The continued existence of a human being is a precondition for living well, as is the avoidance of harm—but neither of these captures the full sense of the word. While human beings need things like very basic nourishment to survive and avoid (serious) harm, they need significantly more than that to actually live well.

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