In several contemporary debates in ethics, participants frequently make direct or indirect appeal to the notion of a well-being subject (or individual occupying a well-being level). For example, the notion figures prominently and explicitly in current debates on the benefits and harms of coming into existence, and on the evil of death. The notion of a well-being subject is also doing substantial, though largely unacknowledged work in the background in many other discussions, such as in abortion ethics, and in the debate on the moral and prudential relevance of harm. In this project, we seek to clarify the notion of a well-being subject, investigate its proper role in ethical theory, and bring together and highlight connections between some of the various areas in which the notion is relevant.
About the Project
The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).