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What can we learn from happiness surveys?

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Defenders of happiness surveys often claim that individuals are infallible judges of their own happiness. I argue that this claim is untrue. Happiness, like other emotions, has three features that make it vulnerable to introspective error: it is dispositional, it is intentional, and it is publically manifest. Other defenders of the survey method claim, more modestly, that individuals are in general reliable judges of their own happiness. I argue that this is probably true, but that it limits ...

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Institution:
University of Exeter
Department:
Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Publisher:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Practical Ethics Journal website
Volume:
2
Issue:
2
Pages:
20-32
Publication date:
2014-12-05
EISSN:
2051-655X
ISSN:
2051-655X
URN:
uuid:0aea52c2-b0a9-4d03-a6ea-50d8bdcc0af0
Local pid:
ora:9811

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