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Towards a Formalization of Hedonic Well-Being in Physicalist World Models

Version 1 : Received: 24 May 2018 / Approved: 28 May 2018 / Online: 28 May 2018 (06:10:04 CEST)

How to cite: Oesterheld, C. Towards a Formalization of Hedonic Well-Being in Physicalist World Models. Preprints 2018, 2018050385 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0385.v1). Oesterheld, C. Towards a Formalization of Hedonic Well-Being in Physicalist World Models. Preprints 2018, 2018050385 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201805.0385.v1).

Abstract

Formally specifying hedonic well-being is difficult, but relevant to utilitarian theories of morality. In this paper we describe a starting point based on attitudinal hedonism, which posits that hedonic well-being is determined by the extent to which a moral patient believes her preferences to be fulfilled. While this assumption probably does not capture the sought-out notion of well-being fully, our formalization seems to be relevant first step towards more satisfactory definition of hedonic well-being.

Subject Areas

hedonic well-being; utilitarianism; machine ethics; attitudinal hedonism; subjective desire satisfactionism

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