What is good and what is bad for an individual has traditionally been discussed in terms of what constitutes a good life. Plausibly, however, a person’s life can be can be seen as consisting of a number of different times, ranging from longer periods such as childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, to shorter ones such as the first week of one’s life and one’s fiftieth birthday. It seems clear that a person can fare well and ill not only in her life considered as a whole, but also at these different times. The idea of temporal well-being, i.e. well-being at a time, gives rise to several questions about the relation between well-being and time. These issues have recently received some attention, but they have been discussed in rather separate quarters, and hence their interrelatedness has not been properly examined. The overall purpose of this project is to advance the debate about temporal well-being by investigating these different issues and by bringing together previously isolated discussions of well-being and time.
About the Project
The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).