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    Defending the Objective List Theory of Well‐Being
    Ratio 26 (2): 196-211. 2013.
    The objective list theory of well-being holds that a plurality of basic objective goods directly benefit people. These can include goods such as loving relationships, meaningful knowledge, autonomy, achievement, and pleasure. The objective list theory is pluralistic (it does not identify an underlying feature shared by these goods) and objective (the basic goods benefit people independently of their reactive attitudes toward them). In this paper, I discuss the structure of this theory and show h…Read more
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    Minor Goods and Objective Theories of Well-Being
    Journal of Value Inquiry 51 (2): 221-231. 2017.
    Objective theories of human well-being typically focus on goods such as friendship, knowledge, autonomy, and achievement that are realized by everyone or almost everyone, are realized often in life, and are typically quite important to people. In this paper, I defend the possibility of minor objective goods—goods that still benefit people independently of their subjective attitudes toward them, but which are somewhat less prominent in life. Some examples are experiences of humor, care for young …Read more
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    Measuring Justice: Primary Goods and Capabilities (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 51 (2): 270-272. 2011.
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    Well-being and Animals
    In Guy Fletcher (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Well-Being, Routledge. pp. 378-388. 2016.
    This essay examines several competing accounts of what makes life go well for non-human animals, including prominent subjective and objective theories of animal well-being.