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Minimal relativism, dominance, and standard of living comparisons based on functionings

  • Prasanta K. Pattanaik
  • Yongsheng Xu

This paper considers the functioning approach to the standard of living. It shows that, in evaluating standards of living, one is faced with deep-rooted tensions between the principle of weak dominance and the principle of minimal relativism, which requires some minimal respect for differences between the evaluations of different individuals and/or the differences between the norms of different communities. Copyright 2007 , Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 59 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 354-374

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